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Explore Whitwell Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Whitwell Wood is predominantly broad-leaved woodland and covers 171 hectares.  It is managed by the Forestry Commission on a long-term lease from the Welbeck estate.

The wood has a very high nature conservation status. It is has a wide range of flora including over 20 species that are indicators of ancient woodland. There are numerous features of archaeological interest.

Ginny Spring Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) can also be found in the wood. It has been designated for its rich flora including some species rare in Derbyshire.

The layby on the A619 provides parking for the woodland which is clearly signed from the road side.

Blue Trail
  • Easy
Following a combination of forest roads and tracks this trail takes you to the very centre of the woodland and then back to the info board, taking in the wildlife laden pond on the way.
Red Trail
  • Easy
This is the longest of three walks which take you round this fascinating woodland.
Yellow Trail
  • Easy
An ideal gentle stroll to help you unwind this short loop takes you to the pond and back to the info point. Keep your eyes peeled for the variety of woodland birds.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Thanks for the no horse and cyclist ruling, Whitwell woods the last bastion of a peaceful walk

Vincent Matthews, 2/Aug/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

I live locally and walk in the woods regularly particularly in Spring to see the Blundell. I suspect that the monitoring equipment referred to was white boxes left by Ineos to test for shale gas as part of their fracking exploration across Bolsover and N E Derbyshire. I hope that this will not be allowed on this site or any other.

Anonymous, 28/May/2018

are you allowed to ride your horse around whitwell woods??? have walked around with my dog and would love to ride around. many thanks in advance

april, 11/Sep/2017

Hi April, No you cannot ride your horse in Whitwell Wood or ride a bicycle. It is for walkers only. I hope you continue to enjoy the wood on foot.

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Last updated: 16th May 2018

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What's Here?

  • Dog bin
  • A dog bin is situated near the entrance to the wood.
  • Information
  • A notice board at the entrance to the wood provides a map of the area and other information about the wood.
  • Parking
  • Parking is in the layby off the A619.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches can be found in the southern part of the wood.
  • Walking
  • Three walking trails start from the main gate but feel free to wander further afield.
  • Wildlife
  • The bird hide is used by the Whitwell Wood Natural History Group.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK526772
Postcode: S80 3EE

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Opening & Parking

Parking is in the layby off the A619.

Related documents

Forest Plans

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