Thorpe Wood credit. Peter Wakely / English Nature
Thorpe Wood credit. Peter Wakely / English Nature

Thorpe Wood

An ancient woodland full of wildflowers, an unexpected treasure in an urban setting


Holywell Way

OS Map Reference

TL 160 986
A static map of Thorpe Wood

Know before you go

10 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

There is a small car park at the entrance

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Paths surfaced with hardcore/crushed limestone but may have leaf litter on the surface


Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

This beautiful ancient woodland consists of a canopy of oak and ash with hazel and field maple below. The northern section is actively managed by traditional coppicing with baskets weaved around the stools to stop deer and rabbits grazing on them. The ground flora is diverse here, especially in spring when there are lots of wood anemones and a spectacular display of bluebells. The heavy clay soils provide the necessary ground conditions for ramsons, or wild garlic, to thrive - with its distinctive smell.

There are a number of very large mature oaks, which provide an excellent home for a range of invertebrates. Woodpeckers can be frequently heard tapping in the summer.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

Ancient Woodland

Location map