About Captain’s Wood

Captain’s Wood is an ancient beech woodland and as such forms a valuable part of the Chilterns landscape. Located on the edge of Chesham its towering beech trees, sunny glades and fantastic views across the surrounding countryside make this a fantastic place for visitors to enjoy the wildlife on their doorstep. There is plenty of interest throughout the year from bluebells and wood anemones in the spring to wonderful displays of autumn colour.

Large parts of the woodland have been overtaken by holly and so a committed team of Chiltern Society volunteers have been working hard to reduce its dominance to encourage a more diverse woodland ecology.


Directions (Google Maps): Exit the north end of Ridgeway Road, cross Hivings Hill and you will see the entrance into a woodland, this is Captains Wood!

Parking: There is now formal parking at Captain’s Wood. Please park responsibility with due consideration to the residents.

Please make sure you park responsibly! 

Prior to visiting, download our Captain’s Wood Walks Leaflet for a local walk. There are also hundreds of other Chiltern Walks Leaflets for you to enjoy.

Please visit the Chiltern Society Directory for the Site Co-ordinator’s contact details.

Orienteering at Captain’s Wood

Orienteering is a fun and active way to explore the Chilterns countryside and we have a permanent course at Captain’s Wood suitable for beginners. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on the map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace. This self-led trail is a great way to discover the hidden corners of the woodland so download the course map here and give it a go!

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What you can spot…binoculars

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Visit us…

How to find us

Captain’s Wood
Hivings Hill

Google Maps

Red Rose 336 and 730

Chesham (1.9 miles away)

Opening times

Free to visit and open all year.