Captain’s Wood

About Captain’s Wood

Captain’s Wood is an ancient beech woodland and as such it 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 a committed team of Chiltern Society volunteers have been working hard to reduce its dominance to encourage a more diverse woodland ecology.

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!

How to find us

Captain’s Wood, Hivings Hill, Chesham, HP5 2EW.
Find Captain’s Wood on Google Maps and What3Words.

Exit the north end of Ridgeway Road, cross Hivings Hill and you will see the entrance into a woodland, this is Captains Wood.

Bus: Red Rose routes 336 and 730.
Rail: Chesham is 1.9 miles away.
Parking: There is now formal parking at Captain’s Wood.
Please park responsibly and with consideration to residents.

Opening times

Free to visit and open all year.

Local walks

Prior to visiting, download our Captain’s Wood Walks Leaflet for a local walk.

We also have hundreds of other Chiltern Walks Leaflets for you to enjoy.

Free to visit and open all year.

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

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What you can spot… binoculars

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Wood Anemones
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