About Bottom Wood

This 35 acre ancient woodland dates back to before 1600, and we’ve been caring for it since 1984. This vast site is home to over 700 different species of plants and animals. Thanks to numerous conservation and woodland management techniques, this site has diversified hugely and now many different tree species including apple, cherry, beech and conifer support the populations of dormice, red kites and tawny owls that inhabit the woodland. A section of the forest has been maintained as an open glade in which wild flowers, including orchids, support rare butterflies and other grassland wildlife.

The woodland’s extensive history means a number of archaeological features can be observed, including numerous sawpits and a giant holloway which was used to access an old well during droughts in the 1920s.


Prior to visiting, how about downloading our Bottom Wood Walks Leaflet?

There are also hundreds of other Free Walks Leaflets with Social Distancing and Family Friendly Walks for you to enjoy across the Chilterns.

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What you can spot…binoculars


Visit us…

How to find us

HP14 3XD

Arriva Bus 40

Saunderton (2.5 miles away)

Opening times

Public parts of the reserve are free to visit and open all year.