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Priory Grove

A Woodland Trust wood

Priory Grove

31.57 ha (78.01 acres)
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OS map sheets:
Explorer 14
OS Landranger 162
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Features and attractions

  • Broadleaved woodland
  • Parking less than 500m away
  • Way marked trail
  • Good views
  • Special wildlife interest
  • Well worth a visit
  • Autumn colour

Priory Grove occupies a ridge running north-east, parallel to the river Wye, together with a secluded stream valley behind the hill. It forms part of a striking landscape within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is clearly visible from the A40 and the A4236. Pedestrian access to the site is via a network of public and permissive footpaths which can be reached from the A4236, but more easily from Hadnock Road, a minor public road between the woods and the river. Priory Grove is important, and included within the Fiddlers Elbow Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and National Nature Reserve (NNR) and is part of a more extensive Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The designated interest is the broadleaved semi-natural woodland habitat, which includes European and UK priority types of ash and beech woodland (Tilio-Acerion and Asperulo-Fagetum types).