Bluebells (c) Katrina Martin / 2020VISION

Katrina Martin / 2020VISION

One of the finest, ancient, semi-natural broad-leaved woodlands left in the Wye valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Location

Lea and Paget's Wood
Fownhope
Herefordshire

OS Map Reference

SO 593 345
A static map of Lea & Paget's Wood

Know before you go

Size
11 hectares

Walking trails

The low-lying main track seems to remain permanently damp and can be very muddy and treacherous in places in winter. Take extra care in the vicinity of the old quarry in Church Wood. This is partly fenced off, but there are still unguarded near-vertical drops.

Access

This reserve does not have reserve access.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Carpets of bluebells with wood anemone, primrose and yellow archangel make a spectacular sight in spring.

About the reserve

This ancient woodland has a complex structure, with sessile oak as the dominant canopy tree in some places and ash in others. Carpets of bluebells with wood anemone, primrose and yellow archangel make a spectacular sight in spring. Birdlife is abundant with all three species of woodpecker appearing here. The wood is also an excellent place for mammals, including dormouse, woodmouse, yellow-necked mouse and bank vole. Lea & Paget's Wood is part of the Woolhope Dome Living Landscape - click here for more information.

Contact us

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01432 356872

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)