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More about Greyfield Wood

This mix of ancient woodland and newer planting was once part of the Earl of Warwick’s hunting estate. Its wide range of broadleaf species, wonderful wildlife, enchanting waterfall, and extensive path network makes Greyfield Wood a delight to visit at any time of year.

At almost 90 acres (36ha), Greyfield Wood is one of the largest ancient woodlands in Somerset. Its rich mix of ash, oak, birch, hazel and sweet chestnut is set in a landscape carved with fern-clad gullies and small streams. To the south of the site a magical waterfall cascades over moss-green rocks – kids should look out for the bridge that hangs over the stream. It’s hard to believe this wild and natural woodland has an industrial past, but look closely and you can make out the shallow pits dug in the 17th century to mine the seams of coal near the surface. Mining continued in the area until Greyfield Colliery closed in 1911, and many of the current paths and tracks are on the same routes of mine working routes and tramways.

Greyfield Wood is a rewarding place to visit in any season. In spring you’ll find a sea of bluebells speckled with white wood anemone, the delicate pale lilac of lady’s smock, and bold yellow pimpernel. During the summer months, the canopy provides the dappled shade perfect for picnics, and in autumn it’s a glorious display of russet, red and gold. In winter, spruce and fir provide a welcome splash of greenery.

(Photo: WTML / Margaret Barton)

The wood supports a wonderful range wildlife, from tiny wood mice and voles to wild deer. Birdlife is plentiful too – look out for blue tit, tawny owl and woodpecker. You may even spot a buzzard soaring high above the canopy. In summer, butterflies such as the brimstone, speckled wood and silver washed fritillary, flit through the glades in search of nectar or settle on rocks to soak up the sun.

With its diversity of broadleaf species, stunning ground flora, wealth of wildlife, and mostly flat terrain with an extensive network of paths, Greyfield Wood provides a great day out for all the family.

Setting

The 90-acre (36-ha) Greyfield Wood is on the outskirts of the village of High Littleton in north-east Somerset. It is around 10 miles from Bath and 12 miles from Bristol.

Grid reference: ST636583, OS 1:50,000 Sheet No. 172

Access and walks

Greyfield Wood lies to the west of the village of High Littleton. A public footpath runs south from Greyfield Road, down the private access road to the wood entrance, and then through the wood in a north-to-south direction.

There is a stone surfaced track which leads part way through the woodland, and there are many unsurfaced rides and paths leading from this. The wood also has several kilometres of permissive paths which link with a well-used footpath network outside the site.

There is also a surfaced ride for management access which is suitable for less-abled visitors. The heart of the wood is generally level, with steeper slopes around the edges, particularly at the southern boundary. The lower areas can be wet and muddy.

Nearest amenities

Public conveniences
Customers can use the toilets at the Star Inn in High Littleton. The nearest public toilets are at the Red Lion car park, High Street, Paulton, around five miles (8km) from Greyfield Wood.

Refreshments
High Littleton: Haynes Fish and Chip shop and café is closest to Greyfield wood. The Star Inn serves home-cooked food and has a garden and children’s play area.

Accommodation and tourist information
Greyfield Farm provides five attractive, fully equipped stone cottages. Collier House is a three-bedroom cottage on the outskirts of High Littleton. Or visit TripAdvisor for more options.

Directions

By bus
There are two bus stops on the main road through the village, both approximately half a mile mile (0.8km) from the wood’s main entrance. Half of this is on pavement (via Greyfield Road), with the remaining distance down an uneven private lane.

By train
The nearest railway station is Bath Spa. From the nearby bus station, take a bus to High Littleton.

By car
From the A37 (Bristol Rd), take the Wells Rd (A39) towards High Littleton. Continue through village and turn left into Greyfield Road. There is a car park in front of the main entrance, with parking for five cars. Please do not park in the private lane leading to the woodland as this serves the adjacent farm. For up-to-date information on public transport, visit traveline call 0871 200 2233.

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