A large maturing beech wood with some areas of mature conifer and a stunning bluebell display in the spring.
There is a surfaced trail that goes from the car park into the wood. Please note that stout footwear is required in wet conditions.
There is a small car park located on Northington Lane, which is on the south side of the wood. From Junction 9 on M3, travel north on A33, turn right on to Northington Lane. The Car Park is half a mile down the lane on left hand side.
We have identified a problem with google maps, which shows the car park as being located on Chillandham Lane. Chillandham Lane runs along the edge of the wood from north to south. However the car park is actually on Northington Lane, which runs along the edge of the wood from east to west. You will need to be on Northington Lane to find / use the car park.
Postcode SO24 9UB will get you on to Chillandham Lane but please note this postcode is for a private property further along and on the opposite side of the lane to the car park.
Whether you are a school or family there are lots of ideas and downloads to help you explore and discover the wood. To help you get started with your planning we have created an introductory slide show, lesson plans and a sample risk assessment. If you would prefer a guided visit our learning partners’ details can be found here.
What do other visitors say?
4 StarsFay, 18/Apr/2017
Lovely walk. The bluebells were more than worth the visit. The only disappointing part was the sheer number of black dog poo bags. Why collect it to then throw it on the ground in a black sack?
We had a lovely walk through the bluebells today with family for Easter Sunday . But unfortunately the volume of filled and disgarded dog poo bags was very off putting. They were near the kids play areas, hanging in trees, bushes and on paths. We lost count of how many there were. I'm not sure why people put it in bags then leave it. I think more notices and bins are required to encourage people to clear up after themselves would be beneficial.
5 StarsCP, 9/Apr/2017
Any updates on bluebells?
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your question. Weather dependant the best time to see the bluebells is in early May, however other forest users have commented that some of the bluebells are out.