Enchanting ancient woodland and meadows featuring a good variety of wildlife

Location

5 miles from
Daventry
Northamptonshire

OS Map Reference

SP 593 548
A static map of High Wood and Meadow

Know before you go

Size
17 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Most woodland paths are even and firm. Meadow is uneven and with some areas burrowed by rabbits. Stiles and kissing gates feature

Access

Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

High Wood is an enchanting ancient woodland full of wild cherry trees and a rich ground flora. It was coppiced in the traditional way through the centuries, meaning that shrubs and trees were regularly cut to ground level to give a reliable supply of wood for fuel and tools. Coppicing lets sunlight into the wood, encouraging bluebells and other woodland flowers to flourish. The rare opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage is found in damper areas. Much of the meadow is acidic grassland where herbs such as cat's-ear, tormentil, sheep's sorrel and heath bedstraw grow.     

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)