Know before you go
Wide level paths
Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitspring and summer
About the reserve
As with many of the other small woods in the area, Raveley puts on a stunning display of flowers in the spring including bluebells, primrose, goldilocks buttercup and the locally scarce wood speedwell. As well as oak, ash and field maple, the wood has elm trees, many of which have unfortunately been killed by Dutch elm disease. The wood is a national stronghold of the rare white-spotted pinion moth which is dependent on elms.
During the summer you may see the white-letter hairstreak butterfly flitting around the trees or along the grassy rides and glades. The dead elms have also provided much valuable deadwood habitat and give the wood a rich variety of fungi to spot in the autumn. A large bank of earth found close to the wood's entrance is part of a Medieval wood bank that defined the woodland boundary. Lying within the wood's boundary to the east is part of a system of moats and fish ponds believed to be originally connected with Ramsey Abbey.