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More about Archers Wood

True to its name, this wood was once a hideout for highwaymen! Nowadays, this tranquil woodland close to the edge of the Huntingdonshire fens is a perfect place for relaxing walks and wildlife watching.

Archers Wood is one of a cluster of ancient woodlands in the area, the few remaining fragments of a much larger belt of woodland. It is an oasis for wildlife in the largely agricultural landscape that surrounds it – wander among the ash, oak and field maple and you may come across a shy muntjac deer.

There’s plenty of birdlife too. During the early months of the year, keep your ears open for the distinctive drumming of woodpeckers, and watch out for graceful red kite wheeling overhead and kestrel hovering over the grassy rides.


The 18.6ha (46-acre) Archers Wood lies close to the village of Sawtry, just off Junction 15 of the A1 between Huntingdon and Peterborough. It is south of Aversley Wood, also owned by the Trust, and is surrounded by arable farmland.

Access and walks

Access is through a kissing gate from the adjoining road.

The wood has an extensive system of paths and rides. These are largely flat in the north of the site, but more undulating in the south east (due to archaeological earthworks), and steep to the west. Paths can be muddy and waterlogged in places, especially in winter.

Getting there

By bus

There is a bus service between Peterborough and Huntingdon. The nearest bus stop is next to the Co-op in Sawtry, around two kilometres (1.2 miles) to the north of the site. The road to the woods is narrow with no footpath.

By train

The closest train stations are Peterborough (18km/11 miles) and Huntingdon (19km/12 miles).

For up-to-date information on public transport, visit (0871 200 22 33).

By car

From the north, leave the A1 at junction 15. Follow Old North Road, taking the second exit at the first roundabout, and the first exit at the second and third roundabouts. At the next roundabout, take the third exit, which crosses the motorway, and continue until you see the wood on the left.

From the south, leave the A1 at junction 15. At the roundabout take the first exit, and continue along Toll Bar Way, then turn right at the T-junction. Continue until you see the wood on the left.

There is very limited parking at the wood entrance. Parking is also available in the St Judith's Lane car park at Sawtry village.

Local amenities

Public Toilets

There are no public toilets near the woods. However, customers of The Greystones pub (on The Green) and The Bell (on Green End Road) can use their facilities.

The nearest public toilets are at the Brampton Hut services at the junction of the A14/A1, eight kilometres/five miles to the south. These are open 24hrs and have disabled facilities.


There are public houses and a few shops in Sawtry.

Accommodation and tourist information
See Local tourism office; or

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