Know before you go
Parking informationPark in layby on Burnthurst Lane. Two designated disabled parking spots (marked by signage) on Nunwood Lane (bridleway) just by the farm.
Excellent wheelchair and buggy access; access for all paths, some paths get very wet and muddy.
Paths around the reserve are easily accessible to all. Some paths can become wet and muddy in poor conditions.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen daily except Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Best time to visitJan - Dec
About the reserve
This reserve is a large semi-natural ancient woodland. It is rich in plants, butterflies and birds.
History of the woodland
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, records show that Richard of Wappenbury was given modest rights over the woods. By the end of the 15th Century, the wood was known by its present name and provided a source of fuel, building materials and hunting opportunities for the local community. Medieval ridge and furrow plough markings found to the north of the woods, ancient bank boundaries, and the age-old pathway known as Nunwood Lane all provide further evidence of the woods’ age. Nearly clear-felled twice in the 1940s and 1950s, the wood was left to regenerate naturally, helping to increase diversity and contributing to its ecological excellence today.
What's it like to visit?
With a network of grassy rides and glades, these beautiful woods offer tranquil walks through a wildlife treasure trove. On a sunny day you may spot butterflies like white admiral and purple hairstreak. Historically, an impressive 88 species of birds have been recorded, with plentiful sightings of warblers, woodpeckers and tawny owl.
What is there to do here?
- Pause and listen for birdsong
- Visit in spring for the bluebells
- Admire the ancient trees and guess their ages
- Look out for muntjac deer
Please note that Wappenbury Wood is closed to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays.