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Explore Stapleford Woods
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

The place for a peaceful walk which plays host to a large number of exotic trees. 

A surfaced trail is available from the main car park and picnic site.

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

What do other visitors say?

Visited today with our 3 year old. The woods would be lovely but have been totally ruined by the amount of bagged up dog poo left all over the place. There are massive piles of the stuff at the walk entrances and scattered about everywhere. There are obviously lots of irresponsible dog owners using the woods and it is a real shame and unbelievably inconsiderate. Such a Shame!

Hannah Wilkinson, 13/May/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

We enjoyed our visit this week but would echo the comments of previous people about the lack of bins, doggy and otherwise, not pleasant to see general rubbish and used doggy poo bags strewn all over, some onus needs to be attributed to users of the forest but you as custodians also need to promote good habits/behaviour too by providing some rubbish bins at the very least

Janet Skinner, 10/May/2017

Your comments below on Stapleford Wood has been passed to me as the Forester covering these woodlands. In answer to your comment 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 parks on a weekly basis, but we do have to rely on visitors to treat the forest appropriately, including dog owners acting responsibly.

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can you horse ride in the woods are there any maps of the walks/rides?

Sharon, 27/Feb/2017

As there are no official facilities provided for horse riding in Stapleford Wood we therefore do not require a horse riding permit to be purchased, however we are happy for individual riders to use the woodland at their own risk and would expect them to respect other users and avoid both the White Trail, which is a waymarked walk, and areas which become cut up in wet periods. The map for Stapleford Wood is available on the Forestry Commission website at the link below, showing the car park and main tracks.$file/INTERP_STAPLEFORD_MAP.pdf

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Last updated: 5th May 2017

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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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