Know before you go
Please keep to the marked route around the reserve. You can access the woods from the near by bridleway and footpaths.
Not Wheelchair accessible. There are stiles and slopes. the paths are on rough ground, unsurfaced, uneven and of various gradients. Paths are slippery and muddy when wet.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
Much of the reserve is Sweet Chestnut coppice. The north side of the reserve has mature oak and beech and between here and the old ragstone quarry - ash and sycamore can be found in the long damp valley. There is a small area of conifers in the centre of the reserve in what was once a hop garden. The sides of the stream at the bottom of the valley are covered in plants such as golden saxifrage, cuckooflower, red campion and a large colony of ramsons. The valley slopes are covered with dog's mercury, early-purple orchid, twayblade and the occasional common spotted-orchid.