Know before you go
Parking informationCar parking at several points on Crackley Lane
Splendid strolls through a network of shady paths and grassy, open glades.
There is a flat, circular path round the reserve
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMarch to November
About the reserve
What's it like to visit?
Years ago this wood was coppiced but this was abandoned during the last century and sweet chestnut, sycamores and conifers were introduced. There are lots of grand oak trees and silver birch plus some ash and beech alongside. Visit in May to enjoy the spectacular blanket of bluebells dotted with delicate wood anemone, yellow pimpernel and common dog-violet. The soils here are acidic, sandy and clay which suits wood sage, foxglove and bracken. In the damper corners you'll spot golden-saxifrage.
Have fun while exploring our reserve - try our brass rubbing trail!
There are 8 posts to look out for with a different brass rubbing disc on each. Click here for our Crackley Family Adventure, a photo guide to help you with your trip and a printable activity sheet to go with the brass rubbing trail. The trail starts near the south car park, so please be aware of this if you park in the north car park. Done a brass rubbing on our trail? Please tweet or Facebook us with a picture!
What is there to do here?
- Admire the carpet of spring bluebells
- Enjoy your autumn visit when you'll walk under a canopy of vibrant autumn colour
- Look down too and spot fungi like tawny grisette, dog stinkhorn and beefsteak fungus
- If you're an invertebrates expert come to spot rare and nationally uncommon sawfly and three notable hoverfly species