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More about Warneage Wood

Steeped in ancient history and dotted with fruit trees, Warneage Wood is18.88 hectares (46.65 acres) of woodland, wildlife and water.

The wood is part of the Great Western Community Forest, which is one of 12 forests in England close to major population centres, where local people and organisations are working together to create a better environment. It was planted with native trees, including oak, ash, silver birch and willow and shrubs, such as hazel, hawthorn and guelder rose.

Warneage Wood received a Biffa Award of more than £40,000 in 2014 to carry out many of the developments, including repairs to a stone barn that had fallen into disrepair. The barn is now home to new interpretation boards which tell visitors more about the history of Warneage Wood and nearby Wanborough, and also a venue for activities such as school visits or scout meetings

The woodland creation areas were designed with public access, recreation and enjoyment in mind and include extensive paths, rides and meadows giving easy access to all parts of the site. These paths provide links to and from external features such as Green Lane, Rotten row, the playing field, public footpath network and local pubs.

Lovely views to the crest of the Downs, Wanborough village and the surrounding countryside have also been retained, while the site’s mix of woodland, grassland and ponds was expanded in February 2014 when an orchard of traditional Wiltshire apple trees was planted by the local community.

Warneage Wood already provides great pleasure and amenities for the local community, and as the newer planting matures, wildlife and people will benefit further from the wide range of habitats.

Setting

Warneage Wood is located on the edge of Wanborough village in Swindon, Wiltshire.

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Access and walks

There are a total of thirteen entrances comprising a combination of stiles and kissing gates. All entrances are well-linked by the excellent path and meadow network. These provide important and well-used links between various parts of the village of Wanborough – giving many opportunities for local people to enjoy Warneage Wood and the wider countryside.

There are no surfaced paths within the woodland and although the site is relatively flat, it is prone to seasonal water-logging with paths can be uneven underfoot and muddy at times.

Getting here

By bus
There is a bus stop outside the most eastern entrance on Rotten Row and another at the end of Rotten Row in the direction of the High Street. There are also bus stops on Kite Hill which are within a minute’s walk of the main entrance.  A further bus stop is located outside the Cross Keys Public House on Berrycroft, to the north of Warneage Wood.

Bus service numbers are 46A, 47, and 48A, operated by Thamesdown Transport. For further information regarding timetables, the bus company should be contacted directly on 01793 428428.

By train
The nearest train station is located on Station Road in the centre of Swindon, approximately 8km from the main entrance to Warneage. The main bus terminal for all routes, including those which pass Warneage Wood, is located a two-minute walk from the train station.

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

By car
From the north, travel via the A46; and from the south, travel via the A34.

The woodland is situated on the western outskirts of the village of Drumnadrochit, by Loch Ness on the A82 and is approximately 1km along a waymarked route from the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in the middle of the village. From the TIC, head south on the A82 for approximately 250 metres then turn right onto a minor road. After approximately 100 metres, bear left along a track which leads to the main entrance. 

A small Woodland Trust parking area for up to three cars is available at the main entrance. The centre of the track is higher than the wheel tracks, so drivers of lower vehicles are advised not to use this. Additional public parking is available at the Visitor Information Centre in the village centre, approximately 1km from the wood.

Nearest amenities

Public conveniences
The nearest public toilets, which include facilities for the disabled, are approximately 5km (3 miles) from the main entrance on Dorcan Way, Covingham, Swindon. There are also toilets for patrons of the Harrow Inn on the High Street in Wanborough.

Refreshments
There are several bars located in the centre of Wanborough, not far from the woods and also in Swindon. For more information visit TripAdvisor.

Accommodation and tourist information
There are a few hotels and guest houses in Wanborough village. For a wider choice, the centre of Swindon is located approximately 6km from the wood and has a wide range of accommodation options. Visit TripAdvisor for more information.

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