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Explore Stapleford Woods
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

The place for a peaceful walk. A surfaced trail is available from the main car park and picnic site.  It also links to public rights of way.

White Trail
  • Easy
This surfaced easy access trail meanders through some interesting woodland.

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Walking my dog in Stapleford Woods yesterday (23rd Nov), when what I think was a deer leapt out in front of us, accross the track and into a thick wooded area. I am partially colour blind and it was so quick that I cannot be sure. What is the likely hood that it was indeed a deer?

Roger Wakefield, 24/Nov/2017

Hi Roger, It was almost certainly a deer. There are plenty of the in the area of varying species. Roe and Muntjac being the most common at Stapleford.

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It might be nice to be informed as to the species and age of the 'exotic trees'. A bit about the flora and fauna would be useful before going to site. I could then perhaps decide whether 'poo bag' dodging would be worthwhile.

Anonymous, 19/Sep/2017

The overwhelming majority of the woodland is high forest of conifers planted in the 1950’s. The main species are Scots and Corsican Pine, however there are also a few minority species such as Western Hemlock, Lawsons Cypress, Grand Fir, European Larch, Norway Spruce and of course the 5 specimen Wellingtonia at the gateways into the wood from the public road which are thought to have been planted in the 1700’s. There is also an element of broadleaf within the wood, mainly Oak and Birch, but as the majority of Stapleford is designated as a Plantation on Ancient Woodland site (PAWS), the woodland is gradually reverting to broadleaf with planting of Oak, Cherry and Aspen and by allowing the Birch to regenerate across the site. Rhododendron is dominant through much of the woodland which is popular with many visitors when it is in flower, however recent vegetation surveys have found no local or national rare species.

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August 2017. It would seem that the person who collects the dog waste does not go further than the car park as, along with the others noted above, we were disgusted by the number of poobags left along the main track, not far into the woods. They would appear to have been left there for days as the grass has grown up between and around the bags.

You have a wonderful facility which is being ruined by thoughtless dog walkers BUT if you can send someone out periodically to pick up the waste, surely metal bins would help the situation.

Eve Weall, 3/Aug/2017

Your query and your concerns regarding the litter you found at Stapleford Woods has been passed to me as the Forester covering these woodlands. In answer to your query we have looked into the provision of dog waste bins/litter bins at our sites, but due to the size of our landholding and the numbers of users this is not an economically viable use of taxpayers money. It has also been our experience on other sites where bins have been provided, that the issue has not reduced, and it has also resulted in other anti-social activities such as the bins being set alight. Therefore to control the litter we have a contractor to collect this in the vicinity of the car park on a weekly basis, but we do have to rely on visitors to treat the forest appropriately, including dog owners acting responsibly. The Forestry Commission does try to encourage responsible dog ownership on our sites through the medium of signage, working with the Kennel Club to promote this within the rural environment, by requesting the owners to either 'bag it and bin it at home', or disposing of the debris well off the path. We have also introduced additional signage to help further deter this behaviour.

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Last updated: 16th May 2018

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • No official trails but bikes are welcome.
  • Information
  • Information board is in the car park near the start of the trail.
  • Orienteering
  • Map available from local orienteering club.
  • Parking
  • Free parking in the car park off Stapleford Lane/Coddington Lane.
  • Picnic
  • Is in the car park.
  • Walking
  • An easy access trail starting in the car park.
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OS Grid ref: SK857 561

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Opening & Parking

Free parking in the car park off Stapleford Lane/Coddington Lane.

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