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Explore Whitwell Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.6/5)

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?

I visited the woods today and saw a fairly large bird of prey, which flew past. It was hard to tell what it was without binoculars (looked buzzard-like). Could you tell me what birds of prey have been sighted in the woods to help me narrow it down a bit please?

Finally, I'd just like to add that this is one of mine and my dog's favourite places to come for a walk!

Jane Hirst, 13/Jun/2017

Hi Jane, I am really glad you enjoy visiting Whitwell Wood. I know we have two pairs of breeding Buzzards in the wood this year thanks to the bird ringer group that operate in the wood. It was probably one of these that you saw.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

nice woodland wuite thick coverage, was wandering what are the name of the tree's whihc have a distinct orange like colour to thier bark compared to the other trees around.

allinall a nice wood

Anonymous, 16/May/2017

Hi, its quite hard to answer the question without seeing the trees you are talking about. There is lots of beech and ash in the wood. There is some Scots Pine too and that has very orangey bark. There is also a lichen which can add an orangey look to some of the broadleaved trees.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Superb walks with so much flora and fauna to see.

Signposting could be greatly improved near the extremities of the woods or maybe this is to discourage people going off the main routes.

Overall an excellent facility which we are lucky to have nearby.

Anthony Hayes, 30/Dec/2016
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Last updated: 5th May 2017

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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.

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