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Explore Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

A couple jogging along a forest road.

Bedford Purlieus is an historic ancient woodland in the Soke of Peterborough. The wood was declared a National Nature Reserve by Natural England in 2000, in recognition of its importance as a species-rich semi-natural native woodland. The wood is home to more plant and insect species than most other woods in this country. Limited car parking facilities are available, and the wood is open for quiet recreation.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

May 2016 My daughter and I heard a cuckoo, the first in a long while. So lovely here: wild garlic, foxes, buzzards, all sorts of song birds, deer, wild strawberries and today, bluebells. You can vary your walk every time you come, taking different turns.

Helen Denney, 15/May/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

These woods are extraordinarily beautiful. We visited on May 2nd and a carpet of f bluebells, primroses, celandines, violets and wood anemones stretch for as far as you can see. The smell is heavenly. The fresh green of the trees coming into leaf adds to the pleasure. A truly lovely place to walk in peace, except for birdsong. To make our day, we saw two deer. Heaven!

Maureen, 2/May/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

My favourite woodland in the area!

Anthony Jarvis, 22/Mar/2015

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Last updated: 4th November 2016

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Location

OS Grid ref: TF038005

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Central District Office

0300 067 4340
sherwood.fdo@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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