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Explore Wheldrake Woods and Broad Highway Car Park
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.2/5)

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Love the woods here. It is a great walk for the dogs with lots of alternative routes round the woods. In really wet weather you can stick to the main path to avoid the mud, but generally I go off one of the side tracks and do a big loop around the woods which takes about an hour. Once you get off the main track you hardly meet anyone - very peaceful

Sue, 18/Feb/2017

Thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed the wood!

Forestry Commission Response

Very sad! We were looking for a walk in the woods, with our grand children! I'm afraid the thought of scraping dog excrement from a 3yr olds shoes leave me retching! There are so few places to take children around York that do not cost a fortune and you can spend longer than half an hour. Another one spoilt before we even got to see it!

Anonymous, 12/Feb/2017

Sorry you did not get to experience this woodland. We encourage responsible dog ownership from all dog owners to our woodlands including removal of dog waste through signage at the woodland entry points.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

This wood would be so lovely if it didn't have dog poo EVERYWHERE! There is no signs and no bins and the dog poo that people are leaving is out of control especially this last few days when we went. It's not nice for people to walk through when every few steps - no exaggeration - there's poo, on all pathways. Great wood otherwise and nice mix of wooded areas and open paths, perfect for walks with anxious dogs as there's lots of different paths and directions you can go if there's other dogs around. Hopefully there will be some bins in the car park and signs soon!

Anonymous, 19/Jan/2017

Thank you for your comments. We will review and replace missing signs from the car park as we want to encourage responsible dog ownership with relation to dog waste. Unfortunately we are unable to provide bins as we do not sufficient resource to cover this woodland regularly and our policy is to advise visitors to the woodland to 'bag it, take it home and bin it'.

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Last updated: 29th November 2016

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