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PLEASE NOTE: Scheduled maintenance work will begin from 20 August, included trackside thinning and ditch works, which will close some of the wood areas. Most of the wood and car park will be open during this time.

Major track works will begin on 3 September and continue until late November. During this time the WOOD AND CAR PARK WILL BE CLOSED.

This attractive 59 hectare woodland is a popular walking spot for many local people. The Clanger & Picket Woods are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the varied plants and wildlife it supports with plant species including an excellent spring display of native bluebells. Surrounding landscape is characterised by farmland and the wood is home to a wide variety of wildlife including butterflies, bats and birds such as buzzards and woodpeckers.

Clanger Wood has been woodland since at least 1086, and probably longer. It is an ancient woodland that is so valuable to butterflies and moths that, with neighbouring Picket Wood, it has been made a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

With Picket Wood, it’s one of England’s best bluebell woods and features on the Woodland Trust’s bluebell Top Ten. If you visit at bluebell time – usually between mid-April and the beginning of May – you’ll also see early butterflies and later, as spring turns to summer, they’re joined by many more. Clanger Wood is one of Wiltshire’s best butterfly-spotting sites and is home to up to 35 different species, including rarities such as silver-washed fritillary.

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Clanger Wood is one of England’s
best bluebell woods. (Photo: WTML)

More than 300 species of moth have also been recorded at Clanger Wood. One to look out for is the narrow-bordered bee hawk moth, an eye-catching insect that flies by day and looks just like an over-sized bumble bee.

Year-round birds include willow tit, nuthatch, green woodpecker and greater spotted woodpecker as well as sparrowhawk and tawny owl

Setting

Sitting alongside the busy A350 Westbury to Trowbridge road, Clanger Wood is on the outskirts of the Wiltshire village of Heywood, five miles (8km) from Westbury.

Maps: OS Explorer and Landranger 183, grid reference: ST876542

Access and walks

There are a number of entrances to the woodland. The main entrance to Clanger Wood which also provides a car parking area for approximately 12 cars is located on the eastern side of the A350 between Trowbridge and Westbury.

There is an entrance (via a squeeze gap) into the north western corner of Picket Wood along a public footpath but there are no parking facilities in this location. Two further public footpaths enter Picket Wood from the north (currently stiles). The access into Round Wood is via a squeeze gap on the western side of the A350.

The main route leading from the car park and bisecting the woodland west-east is surfaced with compacted stone. This is undulating in places but overall is fairly flat. There are numerous permissive paths that lead from this main path around the woodland. They are un-surfaced and can be waterlogged, muddy and un-even in places with some small bridges in places across various watercourses.

Directions

By bus
The nearest bus stop is located 1.1km (0.7miles) away at the crossroads to the north of the site, on Westbury Road. There is a short section of pavement but for the majority of the route to the main entrance, there is no pavement, only a grass verge. The bus route is serviced by First Bus number 265. For further information, please visit First Bus

By train
The nearest railway station is Station Road, Westbury, which is about 4km (2.5 miles) from Clanger Wood. Some of the route is along pavements, however after leaving Westbury there are only grass verges next to the busy main road.

For further information on public transport, contact traveline or call 0871 200 2233.

By car
The Clanger Wood entrance is off the A350 opposite Heywood Equestrian Centre, just north of the village of Heywood. There is parking for around 12 cars. From Trowbridge take the A350 south towards Westbury then at the Yarnbrook roundabout, continue south on the A350 towards Warminster. After approximately 0.7miles the wood is signposted on the left-hand side.

Nearest amenities

Toilet facilities
The nearest toilets are located 0.7 miles away in the BP garage (Westbury Road) north along the A350. Disabled and baby changing facilities are available here. The nearest public toilets can be found in High Street, Westbury, two miles to the south (not 24 hours) where disabled and baby change facilities are also available.

Refreshments
Visit TripAdvisor for the top restaurants, hotels and things to do in Westbury.

Accommodation and tourist information

For information on accommodation and other places to visit in the area, contact the Tourist Information Centre in Westbury.

Entry into our woods is free but please donate now to help us care for them.