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Welcome to Basing Wood, this forest has something for everyone!

Birch trees against blue skyBasing Wood is a great place for exciting outdoor activities in a beautiful woodland setting. As one of the largest ancient and native woodland sites in the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane, it’s managed by the Forestry Commission for wildlife, people and timber production.

Improvements have been made to the habitat here to create new areas for rare butterflies in a bid to fend off regional extinction.

An open gatekeeper butterfly, The National Forest. West Midlands FDThe work has included widening ride edges to help with drying out muddy tracks and paths, which helps to create sunny spots for plants, such as Dog Violets, Bugle, and Brambles, to grow. These plants will produce nectar for insects such as butterflies and moths and help to increase the numbers of rare species like, the Grizzled skipper.

As new trees and shrubs develop within the thinned tree crop and alongside the rides and tracks, our active management creates a succession of open clearings and a diverse range in age of tree and plant species that butterflies need to survive.

Basing Wood has been selected as a Local Wildlife Site being part of a countywide network of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs).

The Basing Wood Butterfly Enhancement Project was kindly funded by Forest Holidays as part of its Biodiversity Conservation Fund developed to help conserve important wildlife and habitats in the woods and forests that Forestry Commission England manage.

Yellow Trail 2.8km

A circular route suitable with a gentle gradient at the start, which then flattens out and on a route that incorporates the wood neighbouring the open fields of the Old Vyne estate.

 Blue Trail 3km

A circular walking trail taking you into the heart of Basing Wood and returning via the forest meadow and pond.

This trail has a fairly smooth gravelled surface with some softer ground in places.

There is a moderate gradient at the start of this loop and frequent resting places.

Play area

smiling girl on swing on Whinlatter WildPlay trailChildren will love our exciting play area, which brings even more hours of play for all the family.



Autumn beech leaves.Enjoy our new autumn walking trail through the woods and learn about the trees all around you. With just the right mixture of rich autumnal light, interesting leaf displays and fresh crisp air, it is a fantastic time to get outside and boost your wellbeing. Download your free activity pack!

 Horse Riding

Horse riding is not permitted in this wood. The nearest Forestry Commission woodlands with riding access are Bushy Leaze and Chawton Park, by permit.

Learning and Education

Sukkot Festival in the Woods 2013, childrenFor information on learning providers in this woodland please visit our Learning in your forest page by clicking here



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Last updated: 7th April 2018

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What's Here?

  • Play area
  • Trail (easy)
  • Walking


OS Grid ref: SU645547
Postcode: The nearest postcode to the site is RG24 9AE

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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.