Please note: Brampton Wood is now closed.
Given the recent rainfall and excessive volumes of water already on the site, several of the paths are already experiencing major impacts to their surface, trampling the emerging bluebell leaves and creating bare mud where normally there would be grass and vegetation cover. Further damage needs to be restricted to avoid long-term impacts.
We will be re-evaluating the closure regularly. Nearby alternative sites to visit include Grafham Water, Paxton Pits, Hinchingbrooke Country Park and Cambourne. All have surfaced paths and ample car parking for visitors.
Know before you go
Parking informationSmall car park at reserve off Brampton Road
Over two miles of wide rides but some with difficult minor paths with slight gradients. Paths will be muddy in winter and could also be muddy at other times of the year.
Footpaths can be muddy
When to visit
Opening timesOpen all the time
Best time to visitAnytime
About the reserve
Access (permitted access points and paths)
Brampton Wood SSSI is owned and managed by The Wildlife Trusts for Beds, Cambs & Northants as a nature reserve. Public access to the wood is with the landowner’s permission (Permissive Access) and this can be withdrawn at any point, at the owner’s discretion, for any period of time. We can only allow entry to our nature reserves at designated points. There is no permission given for use of any alternative access points and the Trust reserves the right to amend access locations as it sees fit.
There are no Public Rights of Way (PROW) within the wood, only a few authorised points of entry to the property, which may be closed by the representatives of the landowner in line with planned operations and conservation considerations. Unofficial points of boundary entry will not be permitted and will be closed off to prevent use.
The map below shows the four official entrance points and the sites path and ride network, which will be maintained, modified or withdrawn with no guarantee on year-round suitability, usage or reinstatement.
About Brampton Wood
Brampton Wood is the second largest ancient woodland in Cambridgeshire and is at least 900 years old. The first records date back to the Domesday Book. The trees include aspen, oak, ash, field maple and birch. The entire wood was once clear felled and has since naturally regenerated. Some areas are now coppiced and provide a habitat for dormice.
Plants to look out for include primrose, water purslane, wood spurge, common spotted orchid and devil's-bit scabious. Wild pear is a native but uncommon species and two specimens are found on the wood perimeter path with a number of others nearby.
We have felled trees beside the rides to create an improved edge habitat and promote the growth of early successional species. Ride edges host high species diversity, attracting plants and animals from outlying woodland and grassland areas. Each year we coppice different sections of the wood, creating a variation in age structure throughout the wood. The grassy areas of the ride are maintained by biennial mowing to encourage a high density of wildflowers.
We have regular work parties at Brampton Wood on the second Sunday of every month. Please consider coming out to lend a hand, make some new friends, and help our wildlife work at this reserve. More details here.
Habitat restoration in Brampton Wood
As part of the ongoing restoration of the reserve, most of the conifers have been cleared. This clearance work has created open conditions that allow the natural regeneration of native trees and shrubs. Eventually conditions will be ideal for the recolonisation and flourishing of primroses, bluebells and other ancient woodland plants.
Our work is supported by the Forestry Commission and Natural England.
Scroll down to see the reserve boundary. Please note the boundary map is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.