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Explore Wheldrake Woods and Broad Highway Car Park
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

Wheldrake Wood is located close to the City of York. It is largely coniferous, growing corsican pine and socts pine as well as larch and some areas of sruce and fir. There are also a great number if individual trees and small stands of oak and birch, as well as a few coniferous rarities such as a giant sequoia.

There is a car park at Hardmoor with many informal footpaths throughout the wood.


What do other visitors say?

I have to reiterate the comment above about the dog poo in this wood. We love this woods as it is particularly good for our six year old who has just learnt to ride her bike. Having just spent half an hour cleaning the bikes and shoes of dog poo I felt I had to comment. Surely a bin in the car park and some signage to remind people that this wood is for everyone to use would help and would be simple to put in place.

Jen, 24/Sep/2017

We apologise for your experience and try to promote responsible behaviour from dog owners. The Forestry Commission do not generate any income from this woodland and do not have any funds to pay for a waste collection service in this area. We will continue to use signage to advise people of their responsibilities.

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We have recently moved to Wheldrake and have two small children. We were very excited to go on our first bike ride to the woods however this excitement was short lived as a result of the trip being spoilt due to the copious amounts of dog poo. Is there anything that can be done to make the woods user friendly for young families as well as dog owners?

Anonymous, 11/Jul/2017

Sorry for your disappointment at visiting Wheldrake Woods. The Forestry Commission encourages all dog owners to use our woodlands responsibly and either bag waste and take it home of flick this waste off the paths and tracks. We will check that our signage is in place which is designed to advise users of the forest of their responsibility.

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Hi. Are there bluebells in these woods?

Louise Ling, 1/May/2017

Thanks for the question. Wheldrake does have some Bluebells but you may like to visit Bishop Wood near Selby which puts on a fantastic display.

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Last updated: 3rd July 2018

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