A reserve full of a variety of flowers; a great place to spot deer

Location

Leeping Stocks Lane
Great Doward
Herefordshire
HR9 6DZ

OS Map Reference

SO 549 161
A static map of Leeping Stocks

Know before you go

Size
8 hectares

Walking trails

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.

Access

There is no wheelchair access at this reserve.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open daily from dawn to dusk

Best time to visit

Summer

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.    

Contact us

Pete Johnson
Wildflower meadow of yellow and white flowers with tall hedgerow in background and hills beyond

Davies Meadow Nature Reserve (Paul Lloyd)

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