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Shadwell Wood

18ac/7ha  SSSI

Grid ref: TL 573 412

Updated 31/12/2023.

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The dominant trees in this oxlip woodland are oak and ash, with coppiced hazel and field maple growing beneath them. It also has midland hawthorns, rare trees such as lineage elm and bird cherry, and Daphne mezereum, popular for the garden but rare in the wild.

A host of flowering plants grow on the woodland floor. Early spring brings oxlips, wood violets and wood anemones. These give way to early purple orchids, bluebells, bugle and herb paris. Summer brings common spotted orchids, meadowsweet and wood sanicle. .


On the main road from Saffron Walden, about one mile before the village of Ashdon. Entrance on foot by a track at the side of 'Barleycroft' bungalow. Park by the track to Lt Hales Wood on the opposite side of the road. Please do not block the entrance to this track. SatNav: CB10 2HJ.

Accessible at all times

Spring through to early summer for flowers and early migrant birds.

Unsuitable for wheelchairs. Bench at top of Chivers Ride with good views of butterflies for those who can't walk far.

Please keep your dog on a lead.

Please keep deer gates shut. Leaflet available at the entrance to the wood.

© Roger Jones