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Explore Hazelborough Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Hazelborough Wood is an ancient woodland site with both majestic oak and younger conifer plantations. The wood is accessed from the slip road off the A43 Silverstone bypass, as you head towards Northampton.

Are you interested in helping to manage your local woodland? Why not join our volunteers for a day out in the woods? We will provide all hand tools, as well as tea, coffee and plenty of biscuits! All you will need to bring is lunch and a cold drink. You will be helping to manage the woodland by cutting back overgrowing forest rides, so come along and get stuck in! For more information contact Brian Pollard ( ).

What do other visitors say?

Interesting to hear people complain the woods are still muddy!!! As horses haven't been on the woods for two years it can't be their fault. Why don't you let horses back in the woods as it was a great place to ride. The woods were planted for riding activities on the first place, so why not make them accessible again?

Mark, 25/Jul/2018

Hello. Thank you for your comment. We have not received any complaints about the trails being muddy since winter. For horse riding in Hazelborough to work alongside our other users, we would need to create a loop of surfaced trails, which we can not currently afford. We allowed horse riders onto the forest road, but unfortunately not all of them respected our request to stay off the grassy rides, and a lot of damage was done to these rides.

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My interest in butterflies often takes me to the forest. It's gratifying to find so many Wood White butterflies. I hope the wide rides will be maintained and not allowed to 'overgrow' in order to ensure the continuation of this nationally rare species.

As a separate issue, I can only agree with Sue Sanders. Dog poo is a big problem here!

Andy Amos, 28/Feb/2018

Thank you for your interest. The network of rides in our Silverstone woods are maintained as open on a rotational basis. As the vegetation grows on some rides, others will be cut back or opened up. We have put of signs asking visitors to take their dog mess off site. If this can’t be achieved then we ask they flick it into the shrubs with a stick. Many thanks.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Cracking place to go, shame it's a bit close to the A43 though as the main path is a bit noisy. I went for a run there to explore the place and it's great - was quite muddy etc. but what do you expect after rain!

Nate M, 31/Jan/2018

Thank you for your feedback, Nate. Unfortunately, with the soil having a high clay content it does hold the water and, as you say, there has been quite a bit of rain recently.

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Last updated: 15th February 2017

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