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More about Langley Vale Wood

Our First World War Centenary Wood has pockets of ancient woodland, diverse and fascinating wildlife and flora, and stunning views over the rolling hills of the North Downs. In the coming years, our ambitious woodland creation scheme will transform the existing arable land into both a natural haven and a living memorial to those who sacrificed so much in the Great War.

At 260ha (640 acres), Langley Vale is the largest of our four Centenary Woods, one in each country of the UK. Parts of the site are already designated Sites of Nature Conservation Importance and we’ll be planting new woodland to buffer these vital habitats. Work has already begun and, with the help of the local community, by 2019 160,000 native broadleaved saplings will be taking root. Over the years, it will develop into a mosaic of established woodland, grassy clearings, poppy-filled meadows a memorial area for quiet reflection.

The site is an apt choice as Langley Vale has tangible links with the Great War. During the conflict it was used as a base for military exercises and a gas training school was located in the section known as Round Wood – look out for the larch flag pole dating from that time.

In spring, you can wander among the ash, oak, beech and sweet chestnut of the ancient woodlands and enjoy a glorious display of vivid bluebells. And in summer, the site is a wildflower enthusiast’s paradise where you can hunt the chalk grassland for orchids and discover rare gems such as the red hemp-nettle along the field margins.

Langley Vale is brimming with birdlife too – 59 species have been recorded on the site. It’s the perfect place to listen out for the first cuckoo of the year, watch the dramatic aerial display of strikingly crested lapwing, and appreciate the melodic song flight of the skylark.

The woodland already has much to interest and delight. And with its easy access from local villages and proximity to the M25, it’s a site you’ll want to visit time and again in the coming years to watch its transformation.

For more information, view the latest Langley Vale newsletter (PDF 1.3MB)


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Copse' is a sculpture commissioned by the Woodland Trust to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. In this video artist John Merril describes the connection between woodland and sculpture.

Setting

Langley Vale Wood is just south of the village of Langley Vale in Surrey, and 3.2km (two miles) south of Epsom. The M25 motorway runs along the southern boundary.

The woodland is part of the North Downs National Character Area (NCA), a chain of chalk hills across the south east. Chalk grassland is a notable feature of this landscape and is of ecological importance due to its ability to support rare species.

OS Explorer 146; Landranger 187

Grid reference: TQ209567

Getting there

By bus
The E5 bus runs every two hours from near Epsom station to Woodcote Park, Downs Road.

By train
The nearest stations are Ashtead (3.2km/two miles), Tattenham Corner (3.7km/2.3 miles), and Epsom (4.2km/2.6 miles).

For up-to-date information on public transport, visit Traveline or telephone 0871 200 22 33.

By car
Currently there is no car park at Langley Vale Wood and the site's surrounding area isn't sympathetic to vehicle parking, so we do not recommend this method of travel. Visitors arriving on foot, horse, by bicycle and via public transport are most welcome, however.

View our Getting to Langley Vale Wood map.

Access and walks

Access is by public rights of way from Epsom Downs, Tadworth or Walton on the Hill. If walking on Epsom Downs, be aware that race horse training is carried out there every morning until 12am.

Langley Vale Wood has two bridle paths running through the site and one small stretch of public footpath. It is bordered by public bridle paths to the north, east and west with a wide network of paths to the north on Epsom Downs.

Currently, paths within the site are mainly farm tracks. However, there are plans to create 20km (12 miles) of paths through the site, including four kilometres (2.5 miles) of hard surface footpaths and three kilometres (1.9 miles) of multi-user paths for horses and bikes.

Local amenities

Public conveniences
The closest toilets are in Ashtead, Tattenham Corner and Epsom.

Refreshments
There are a few pubs and shops in nearby villages, with a very good selection in Epsom. TripAdvisor has a comprehensive list.

Accommodation
To find the nearest accommodation visit TripAdvisor

Looking to extend your adventure with a holiday in the great outdoors? Whether you’re glamping, camping or caravanning, our partner Freedom To Go can help you find the perfect pitch.   

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