Orlestone is three hundred and eighty eight hectares in size. It is predominantly mixed native broadleaves and a small percentage of conifer.
The area is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), managed principally for birds and butterflies.
There is a medium sized car park and picnic area, with a height barrier at the main entrance. Please note there is no riding permitted in these woods. All roads are unsurfaced. As it is very low lying, it has a tendency to flood in winter.