20.58 ha (50.85 acres)

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Explorer 27
OS Landranger 94

Stray Head Banks is an ancient woodland situated in the Littlebeck Valley. It has a fascinating industrial history and there is lots of wildlife to enjoy as you stroll along the network of footpaths.

Park at nearby Falling Foss, Old May Beck or Sleights village. There is a bus stop at Sleights.


  • Public access
  • Grassland
Early purple orchid with blurred background

A lasting legacy

This wood is just one of many to have been protected by gifts in wills, securing it for generations to come. Your legacy gift could also make a real difference to woods, trees and wildlife.

Learn what your gift could mean


Stray Head Banks Management Plan

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