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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?

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.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Had a lovely walk on the red trail with my dogs this morning. No motorbikes around - please don't be put off by the experiences of the people above. I walk in these woods every few months when visiting Worksop and have never encountered bikes there. Some explanation on the info-boards about what all the monitoring equipment is for would be helpful as it has piqued my curiosity, also the odd signpost to things like the bird feeding station and Ginny Spring Site would enhance the enjoyment of the wood for non-locals.

ANON, 22/Aug/2017

We walk our dogs regularly here, seeing and hearing buzzards, and numerous other species of wildlife.

On Saturday 29th July we were disgusted to be intimidated by 7 off road motor bikes, driving on the footpaths within 4 feet of us. The noise echoing through the woods was deafening, and our dogs were beside themselves. When my partner shouted that they were not allowed in the woods, the youths laughed, revved even more, and shouted back that they were allowed.

This experience has really shaken me, and I will not walk my dog alone in the woods again.

Surely this should not be allowed?

Pat Hall, 1/Aug/2017

They are not meant to be there and I would always tell people who see 4x4s and motorbikes in the wood to phone 101 and report it to the police. I will get some signs up to let people know this is what they should be doing. It’s always best not to approach them or say anything as this just angers them and can make matters worse. Please don’t let it ruin your visits to the wood as I am sure it doesn’t happen very often. Any issues feel free to get in touch and please do phone 101 to report anything that doesn’t seem right.

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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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