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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Length of trail:

2 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

This circular waymarked route leads through a number of habitats including oak woodland, spruce woodland and wildflower rides. The waymarkers are square posts with a yellow band around the top, but these are currently being upgraded to wooden posts with an angled top with arrows. Following ride widening over recent years and a programme of rideside management works, the variety and abundance of wildflowers has increased. In turn, with more wild flowers the butterfly populations are increasing.

The Butterfly Trail runs past the Bucks, Beds and Oxon Wildlife Trusts wildflower meadow which is stunning in late summer. In addition to the many wildflower and butterfly species you can see, there are wild service trees and you are likely to see deer if you are quiet. At the start of 2001 extensive management work was carried out at Bernwood, and again in 2005 and 2010. In 2010 a series of new ponds were created throughout the woods as part of the Million Ponds Project, to improve the wet habitats in the woods. One of these can be seen off the Butterfly trail next to an existing pond.

Existing areas of blackthorn are also being managed and some areas have been planted with new blackthorn. This prickly plant is popular with the black hairstreak butterfly, a particularly rare butterfly that is found in this wood.

We are currently upgrading the waymarkers so there will be a mix of styles for a while. Both are yellow in colour.


What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Excellent forest, a little difficult to navigate. Only let down by dirty dog owners who dont pick up the poop.

Anonymous, 12/Aug/2018

I'm sorry a few dog owners spoilt your visit. We do try to ensure they pick up and provide bins.

Forestry Commission Response

Is there a car park for the butterfly trail

Anonymous, 16/Jul/2017

Yes, there is a car park for the woods, located on the western edge of the woods. Head to postcode HP 18 9UR which is the nearest property to the woodland, or use grid reference: SP 613117.

Forestry Commission Response

Are dogs allowed?

Anonymous, 3/Jul/2017

Yes, dogs are welcome in the forest as long as they are under control or on a lead.

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What's Here?

  • Walking
  • Barbeque
  • We do not allow you to bring your own barbecue on to site and disposable barbecues are not permitted. The two free barbecues are provided on a first come first served basis. Two bookable barbecues are available to hire for the day for groups. Please ring 01580 213044 to check availability and to make a booking.
  • Fishing
  • Contact the ranger regarding closed seasons and access on 01580 211 044.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is by permit. Permits are available from Toll Rides (Off-Road) Trust. Please ring 01622 735599 for more information. Horse box parking is provided for permit holders opposite the Old Oak pub.
  • Play area
  • A large timber adventure trail for young and old alike!
  • Wildlife
  • By following the Abbots Amble trail you will come across the lake. On which water fowl and dragonflies can be seen. Abbots Wood is an important area for butterfly and Dormouse conservation.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SP 612 118
Postcode: OX33 1BJ

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Wendover Woods Office

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