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Whether you’re dreaming of a tour across the British Isles or a weekend getaway closer to home, we’ve picked out some of our favourite woods for you to explore.
With its breathtaking views, iconic Scottish wildlife and historic interest, our largest site, Glen Finglas is one you can’t afford to miss. The estate is at the eastern end of the Great Trossachs Forest, which stretches from just outside Callander to the shores of the world renowned Loch Lomond.
This is one for both the serious walkers as well as the less seasoned adventurers. Several paths circle the estate, each offering their own route of discovery through ancient oak woodlands and vast open lands. Marvel at weird and wonderful fungi and colourful wildflower displays. If you’re lucky you could also spot red squirrels, otters, ospreys, deer, golden eagles and black grouse.
Tucked away in the market town of Skipton, just to the south edge of the Yorkshire Dales. As you enter the woods the hustle and bustle of the High Street is left behind and you get a sense of stepping back in time into a beautiful, magical place.
Look out for wildlife including woodpeckers, butterflies, kingfishers, herons and a family of roe deer. If you save this one for spring, you’ll also get to enjoy the picturesque displays of bluebells and the scent of wild garlic as you explore.
You’ll be set for a real journey back in time with this wood. It’s thought the steep banks of the Afon Prysor gorge have been wooded for thousands of years - possibly since trees first re-colonised Wales after the last Ice Age.
You could easily spend the whole day taking in everything this remote and historic site has to offer. Explore its atmospheric pools and take in dramatic views of Snowdon and the rugged uplands of the Rhinog mountains.
Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
Drumnaph occupies a ridge above the meandering Grillagh River. Enjoy the views west to Carntogher Mountain and the beautiful Sperrin Hills.
With over 30,000 trees planted since we acquired the site at the turn of the century, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was relatively young woodland. But around 50% of the site is ancient woodland, making it a rare remnant of the great forest that once covered much of mid-Ulster.
On a visit in winter you have a good chance to spot Irish hare. They are often seen around the edges of the woodland and in the surrounding fields.
Last but not least, Fingle lies in the northern fringes of Dartmoor. We own and manage this site with the National Trust - Castle Drogo and Steps Bridge border the site. Extensive work is being done here to replace the swathes of conifer and return Fingle to a natural broadleaf woodland.
Fingle is a fine example of a past ancient woodland haven. In recent years, over 45km of new footpaths have been laid to help visitors discover every corner of this incredible place.
Explore the sun-dappled glades, spot wildlife and uncover intricate woodland archaeology. See if you can spot kingfishers darting along the River Fingle which sparkles on its route through the woods. Look out too for woodpeckers and otters, and the ever-changing wildflowers.
Our woods offer year-round beauty, so whenever and wherever you’re planning your next big adventure, there’ll be a Woodland Trust wood worth visiting. And if these 5 woods don’t fall on your route, we have over 1,000 more to explore. They’re all open and free to visit.