Know before you go
There are tracks and rides giving access to most parts of the reserve. A large metal deer-fence gate gives access to some of the coppice areas. The second deer-fenced enclosure on the western slope is accessible via a wood bar gate at the top. Please be sure to replace the bars and close the gate when you leave.
There is no wheelchair access at this reserve.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSummer
About the reserve
The name "Leeping" is said to mean "hedges that deer can leap over" while "stock" refers to land with tree stumps left standing on it. The name of the reserve therefore indicates that it was once cleared woodland converted into hedge fields, while the lord of the manor retained his right to hunt deer. Today, hedges made of laid beech growing on low stone walls still divide the area into twelve compartments. These are now full of forest trees of mainly birch and ash, as well as an unusual and rich variety of both herbaceous plants and fungi. Leeping Stocks wood is part of The Doward Living Landscape - click here for more information.