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Waresley & Gransden Woods

Access to some parts of Gransden Wood has changed recently, please click here for more information (pdf)

PLEASE NOTE the information under 'opening times' in the side bar to the right

Fine ancient woodland, carpeted with oxlips, bluebells and violets in the spring

Waresley and Gransden Woods are adjoining ancient oak-ash woods, home to many breeding birds. An abundance of wildflowers attracts many insects and over 500 species of moth and butterfly have been recorded here. There are many open grassy areas and in spring the ground is carpeted with bluebells, violets and oxlips.

This site is part of the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds Living Landscape Scheme.


For more information and photos visit the Voluntary Warden's website


Waresley and Gransden Woods leaflet (pdf) see downloads box below right


The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Gamlingay Wood
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Gamlingay Cinques
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Hayley Wood
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

Near Waresley
Map reference
TL 256 550
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Opening Times
For the safety of visitors Waresley Wood will be closed fortnightly from the 1st Saturday in November until January whilst shooting takes place. The Wildlife Trust BCN does not own the shooting rights on this land but works with the shoot to ensure safe access for visitors. Gransden Wood and Browne's Piece will remain open on shoot days.
50.00 hectares
Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
West Cambridgeshire Hundreds
Walking information
Gradient on walk in. Main rides good but slopes near stream
Park in the car park on Waresley Road
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500


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