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Explore West Stow
(Average user rating: 1 unrated 1/5)

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 and follow any detour signage on the waymarked walk.  For a map showing the felling area visit the Forest Operations East District page

What do other visitors say?

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Clearly is a traveller site, I went here and there was a caravan and rubbish everywhere the place looks desolate with all the trees cut down.

Anonymous, 10/Jul/2018

Thank you for your comment. We believe you haven't got the correct location and may be referring to North Stow or Kings. The caravan has been moved on and site will be deep cleaned. Without knowing the actual site you are referring to we can't provide specific information on the trees that have been removed but please be aware that this is a sustainable forest which produces British Timber. Trees are cut down and replanted on a regular cycle through a planning process which considers timber, wildlife and recreation.

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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: 10th July 2018

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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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