Brampton Wood and car park is closed until mid November. Large forestry machinery is currently operating in the car park and throughout the wood.  We apologise for any inconvenience and suggest the alternative sites of Grafham Water or Hinchingbrooke Country Park near Huntingdon. The nearest car park at Grafham Water is situated to the South of Grafham Village, 2.3miles from this wood on the Buckden - Grafham Road.

Note: we had initially said the wood would re-open at the beginning of November but due to a delay with the contractor starting in September the wood will remain closed until mid November.

 

Cambridgeshire's second largest wood is over 900 years old!

Location

1.5 miles west of
Brampton, on minor road to Grafham Village
Cambridgeshire
For Sat Nav use PE28 0DB and continue west, away from A1, for 3/4 mile

OS Map Reference

TL 184 698
A static map of Brampton Wood

Know before you go

Size
132 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Small car park at reserve off Brampton Road

Walking trails

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.

Access

Footpaths can be muddy

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open all the time

Best time to visit

Anytime

About the reserve

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.

Current Management

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.

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map