Coming Events

A summery walk in a National Nature Reserve

Ruth Angrave and Tim Starsmore-Sutton from Natural England are offering another guided walk through Collyweston Great Wood. Places for the walk in April filled really quickly and we are very grateful to them for offering a second chance to visit this exceptional woodland, which is normally closed to visitors.
Collyweston Great Wood

Tuesday 7th June
10:00  - 13:00


National Nature Reserves (NNRs) were established to protect some of our most important habitats, species and geology.  There are only 225 of these special places in England and Collyweston Great Wood is one of them because of its unique ancient lime woodland which is rich in wildlife.

Much of the wood has been coppiced for centuries, formerly by the inhabitants of Collyweston village who specialised in making rope from the fibrous bark of the Small-leaved Lime trees. This traditional management of the trees continues to this day, though the timber now mainly goes for firewood. 

By June the trees will be in full, vibrant leaf and the display of spring flowers will be replaced by many other later-flowering plants. 

Few local people have ever visited this part of Rockingham Forest because access is normally by permit only and there are no Public Rights of Way. The guided walk in April filled up very quickly and we expect that the 20 available places for this event will be similarly popular  

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This guided walk is part of Natural England's summer-long Festival of National Nature Reserves, celebrating NNRs past, present and future.

Access to Collyweston Great wood is off the A47 trunk road, east of the crossing with the A43 near Duddington.  The actual meeting point and parking instructions will be sent to those who book.

Distance: approx 2 miles or 5km. Various walking surfaces along hard tracks and grassy rides. 
Dogs are not permitted on the reserve. 

Please book places by email if you intend to come.   We will confirm full details two days before the walk.