Grid ref: TM 199 312 (click for o/s map)
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This ancient wood consists mainly of coppiced sweet chestnut and hornbeam. Coppicing has produced carpets of bluebell, yellow archangel and red campion. Among other flowering plants are moschatel, climbing corydalis, and a few sweet woodruff and vervain. The wood is rich in ferns, and in particular soft shield fern.
The reserve is one mile from the village of Ramsey on the B1352 from Ramsey to Manningtree. The entrance is 300m down a public footpath (the Essex Way) beside a large white flat-roofed house. Parking for two cars only at the entrance, or on the roadside. SatNav: CO12 5NE.
Regular buses between Harwich and Colchester go past the reserve
Accessible at all times
May and June for wild flowers and birdsong.
A footpath about 2 km in length runs round the perimeter of the main wood. Please keep this path, from which all the main features of the reserve can be seen.