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Explore Thieves Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Thieves Wood has a walking trail that starts from the car park.  The car park offers the best access into the wood. 

There is a refreshment cabin in the car park.  The menu is available to view in the right hand menu.

Please be a responsible dog owner and clear up after your dog.

Dog Loop
  • Easy
This unsurfaced waymarked trail is a short loop for dog walkers starting in the car park.
White Trail
  • Easy
This a short circular surfaced trail which provides a pleasant walk or a quick stroll. Autumn colour is provided by larch trees which are dotted amongst the pine.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Walked with my dog for the first time today. Lots of trails to follow, lovely feel to these ancient woodlands. Finished off with excellent food and drink at the refreshments van. Jerry liked his sausage, and is looking forward to the homemade liver cake we took home. We will return soon."

Jayne, 21/Sep/2017

hello, could you tell me if there are any woodpeckers in thieves wood, and other birdife?


Anonymous, 19/Mar/2017

A variety of British Woodland birds can be found in Thieves Wood and these include the Great spotted and Green Woodpecker.

Forestry Commission Response

I and my dogs have enjoyed walks in Thieves for 25 years, clean paths and a good walk for about 3 or 4 miles. I also walked beside of a friend with a wheelchair. No more because of the disgusting state of 400 to 500m of the main roads covered in mud she cannot access in case her wheelchair slides off road and when she returns the chair is covered in mud. There used to be wheelchair only path, now it has been used extensively by logging contactors and now completely impassible. There is extensive mud on the main access roads from the car park and when raining with then the road camber someone will slip and claim. Although it is appreciated this a working wood the logging contractors seem to go wherever with no regard for other users. Shame on Forestry>

Derek, 9/Feb/2017

At present we are in the midst of operations to remove failing young crop from the site, and preparing the ground for planting of new trees. Unfortunately this involves the use of heavy machinery and with the extremely wet ground conditions we have had recently, this has resulted in a lot of mud on both the White Trail and the forest haulage roads it runs along. We hope to have all operations completed by mid-March and will review the condition of the trails and roads at that time.

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Last updated: 7th November 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • A concessions stand is open in the car park throughout the week.
  • Cycling
  • Cycling is permitted in the wood.
  • Information
  • In the car park.
  • Orienteering
  • Map available from the local orienteering club.
  • Parking
  • Free car parking is found in the car park off B6139 Coxmoor Road.
  • Picnic
  • In the car park and also hidden in the woods!
  • Walking
  • An easy access trail starts in the car park.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK544566

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Opening & Parking

Free car parking is found in the car park off B6139 Coxmoor Road.

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