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More about Owlet Wood

Owlet Wood forms part of the Coversands Heathland that once covered large parts of northern Lincolnshire, however in more recent times natural birch colonisation has developed on the site. Existing remnants of the heathland can still be seen from the circular surfaced path, which makes it suitable for visitors of all abilities. Visit in summer to see lots of butterflies, including purple hairstreak, small copper and brimstone.

Owlet’s 50ha (125 acre) includes ancient semi-natural woodland, wood pasture and wet woodland. The jigsaw of different habitats is a reflection of a time when the commoners of Morton and Blyton used the common for grazing their animals and harvesting timber and firewood. The veteran oaks that remain are part of that heritage.

Owlet’s varied landscape is popular with visitors who enjoy walking and relaxing in natural surroundings. Its all-ability path means that it’s very accessible; the route being suitable for wheelchair-users and buggies.

One attraction for visitors is Owlet’s mix of birds – more than 90 species have been recorded, including hen harrier and woodlark. In summer you may even spot a hobby, a fast-flying falcon that specialises in ambushing dragonflies on the wing.

The dry, sandy soil really suits insects and other invertebrates. That means that on sunny summer days Owlet’s heath and woods come alive with butterflies. In all, 16 different species have been recorded including purple hairstreak, small copper and brimstone.

So, whether you’re interested in historic landscapes, fascinating wildlife or just fancy a good walk, Owlet is well worth a visit.


Owlet is about two miles (3.2km) from the village of Blyton, Lincolnshire, and stands a little above the surrounding low-lying floodplain. As the crow flies it is about one and a half miles (2.5km) from one of the region’s major rivers, the Trent.

Maps: OS Explorer 280 and Landranger 112

Grid reference: SK830952

Owlet Wood (Photo: WTML)

Access and walks

Visitors can explore the wood using its network of footpaths, which are dry all year round thanks to the sandy soil. Owlet is largely flat and there are no steps or other obstructions, except for bracken and bramble growth in the summer months.

The site also has a circular, all-ability path. It can be accessed via a motorbike-proof chicane from the car park at the main entrance, which is off Laughton Road, the wood’s western boundary. The car park has space for around 10 cars.

You can also get to Owlet on foot via a track that runs along the southern boundary. It links to a public footpath from the village of Blyton.

Nearest amenities

Public conveniences
There are public toilets at Roseway Car Park, Market Street, Gainsborough, which is approximately five miles (8km) south of Owlet.

Refreshments, accommodation and tourist information
Blyton is about 1.2-mile (2km) from Owlet and has two pubs, the White Hart (01427 628683) and the Black Horse (01427 628277). Both serve food.

There is also a wide choice of places for food and drink in Gainsborough. Visit the Visit Lincolnshire or TripAdvisor websites.

For details of places to stay and things to do in the area go to Visit Lincoln or contact Gainsborough Tourist Information Centre on 01427 676666.


By bus
The 100 Scunthorpe-Gainsborough bus service (Monday to Saturday) stops at Blyton. It is then a 1.2-mile (2km) walk to Owlet.

By train
Gainsborough Lea Road station is about five miles (8km) south of Owlet.

For further information on public transport visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

By car
Take the A159 between Scunthorpe and Gainsborough. Leave the A159 just north of Blyton following road signs for Laughton. At Laughton take the first turning on the right and then the third left, which is Morton Road. Continue on this road until you leave Laughton, where you take the next left onto Laughton Road. Owlet is located approximately two miles (3.2km) further on, where there is a car park for around 10 cars.

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