Know before you go
There is a clearly defined, unsurfaced path running through the wooded part of the reserve. Grassland area is quite small and the site is a sensitive one so visitors are asked to please keep to the paths. Gate is locked when stock are grazing
There is no wheelchair access at this reserve.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times, dawn to dusk
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
This resreve consists of an ancient woodland with a small field on the south side. Interesting plants such as cow-wheat, wild madder and bitter vetch occur. The most interesting feature of the reserve is the former arable field that contains a rich calcareous flora. It also supports an unusual variety of insect life. Ant mounds dot the pasture and provide evidence of the long history of non-cultivation. Woodside is part of The Doward Living Landscape.