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Explore Thieves Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.6/5)

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Are there any plans to replace the picnic benches in the middle of the woods?

Anonymous, 1/Mar/2018

It has taken longer than we would have liked but bench seats are due to be installed in Thieves Wood next Monday 12th March.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I love to take my dog for a walk in Thieves Wood and she loves running round and exploring.

I have noticed that the picnic benches in the middle clearing in the woods have been removed. I know they were looking worse for wear and rotting but, as spring and summer are impending, i was wondering if there were any plans to replace them like you have near the car park. I would love to be able to take my grandchildren along on dog walks and maybe have a picnic but im not too keen on the car park area because of fumes and the obvious dangers.

Anonymous, 25/Feb/2018

It has taken longer than we would have liked but bench seats are due to be installed in Thieves Wood next Monday 12th March.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

I Visited Caudewell Wood with my dog today and was disgusted with the state of the whole wood with the whole scale destruction of large sections of the wood by logging. I don't think there was a single path that was accessible along its length due to deep muddy furrows left by the heavy machinery, piles of logs or branches. There seemed to be no plan. i.e. work on one area, clear up and then move on. This has prevented cyclists, horse riders, walker, joggers and dog walkers being able to use a public funded facility. It is obvious the work is being done by contractors who have no care or thought for what they are doing and at least leaving some paths accessible. It is saddening to see some vast areas left completely bare, not just thinning out being done. And at the end of the day what for - will any money made from the sale of the timber be ploughed back into maintaining the woodland or improving paths and access ?

Anonymous, 4/Feb/2018

The operations currently being undertaken in Cauldwell and Stonehills Woodlands are a thinning of the forest and are part of the regular cycle to harvest this commercial crop and benefit the remaining trees. Previously a clearfell was undertaken several years ago, however this has since been replanted. We are aware that the movement of the machines through the wood both felling and extracting the timber has caused rutting, which has been aggravated by the recent weather conditions, however we are planning reinstatement works once the operation is completed.

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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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