Access and Walks

Family walk in Penn Wood (Photo: Judith Parry/WTML)

There are seven main entrances to Penn Wood and three rights of way running through it which link the wood to the surrounding countryside. A surfaced 360m circular easy access path runs from the entrance of Penn Street church, together with a 1km surfaced bridleway. There are also many more permissive paths totalling around 10,000m (10km), providing a variety of walking routes for the visitor. A link to Common Wood can also be found at the western corner of Penn Wood.

In general, the paths are moderately easy to walk on but do get muddy during the winter months.

Walking and cycling are both popular within the wood, but horse riding less so because the bridleway is separated from a connecting route by the busy A404.

There are currently no way-marked trails through the wood.

There is easy access from the village of Penn Street, where there is also some opportunity to park along the roadside.

Information for visitors is provided at three of the entrances:

• Church Gate
• Beamond End Gate and
• Goose Pond Gate.

All distances are approximate.

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