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Explore Cely Woods
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Horse riders at Thames Chase Forest CentreSurrounded by the ancient Warwick and White Post Woodlands, Cely Woods is home to meadows, a small wetland and many newly planted native trees.

As one of our largest woodlands, it has an excellent network of paths - many of them all-ability - and is a rich habitat with numerous insects and flowers.  Try observing the wildlife from the wooden bridge that straddles the stream, dubbed the Common Watercourse.

You can also continue through to Belhus Woods Country Park via a safe road crossing on Romford Road, where you can grab some refreshments from the Visitor Centre.

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What do other visitors say?

I used to come here as a child and have revisited it in the past week, so pretty with the bluebells out! Will now most certainly be a regular visitor as there is such an array of wildlife, trees and flowers. The best open space I have been too in a long time.

Julie, 17/May/2015

Thanks for your lovely comment Julie, great to hear you enjoyed your visit and plan to return! Kind regards, Clare - Community Ranger

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

As spring seems to be here people are having food and picnics at the tables provided but there are no litter bins so they either leave litter on the ground or stuff it into the dog waste bins. Can you provide some litter bin for general waste to avoid the unsightly rubbish and tempting things for dogd to eat!

Anonymous, 26/Mar/2015

Thank you for your comments. We do not provide litter bins on our sites, as unfortunately we do not have the resources to empty them as often as they would require - this leads to overflowing bins attracting vermin and potential anti-social behaviour. We do carry out regular site litter picks, but we ask people to follow the Countryside Code by taking their rubbish home with them. If they have been able to carry it there, we expect they are able to take it back. I hope you can understand our position, and continue to enjoy visiting Cely Woods. Kind regards, Community Ranger

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Good paths even in wet weather. A dog walk once round takes about 40 minutes. Whoever laid this park out deserves praise. However enjoyment is spoilt because of the amount of dog excrement either not picked up or in bags and left. Why do people do that! Some enforcement would be very welcome.

Anonymous, 24/Mar/2015

Thank you for your feedback, glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. The majority of visitors with dogs are very responsible, but there are a minority who still do not pick up. Our Rangers cannot be on site 24 hours a day but do make regular patrols and will always speak with anyone they see not clearing up.

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Last updated: 10th August 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Walking


OS Grid ref: TQ560834
Postcode: RM13 9EW

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