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Explore West Stow
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Mixed autumn woodland

West Stow offers good opportunities for quiet recreation and wildlife watching in King's Forest.

On the northern edge of the Lark Valley, the walk passes through belts of old pine and oak as well as newly planted and mature conifers.

Dale pond adds diversity to the area with its rich dragonfly life and is also a summer watering hole for many birds.

Forest Operations

Timber harvesting is taking place near the West Stow parking area.  Please obey all warning signs.  For a map showing the felling area visit the Forest Operations East District page

What do other visitors say?

Area ruined by kids on motor bikes, quad bikes, and the 4 x 4 Club with inexperienced drivers becoming stuck in the mud, and begging for me to pull them out.Also too many Horse Riding events that apart from arrows painted onto the vegetation no one has any knowledge of when they are taking over the entire area - not possible to enjoy a peaceful walk when these events take place. Also heavy plant has churned up many of the Tracks/'Rides' making walking more like rock climbing.

Cherie, 25/Aug/2017

Vehicles and motorbikes are allowed to use the Icknield Way which is Byway Open to all Traffic. However these vehicles have to be road legal, taxed and insured. Motorbikes and unpermitted vehicles are not allowed to drive on the forest rides and trails. Any seen doing this should be reported to the police by calling 101. The forest is a working forest and timber harvesting takes place from time to time. Events held in the forest and timber harvesting provide an income which sustains the forest and keeps it open to the public. Rides are normally restored once work is complete.

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Last updated: 25th September 2017

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Horse riding
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Off of the main road through the village.
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OS Grid ref: TL813709

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Nicky Russell

0300 067 4546

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the main road through the village.

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