Little Doward Wood (Woodland Trust)

Part of the Wye Valley Woods, Little Doward is a large 82 hectare mixed broadleaf and conifer ancient woodland. It has numerous veteran oak and beech trees and forms part of the Wye Valley Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Upper Wye Gorge Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The site also contains a Scheduled Monument Bronze Age hill fort known as Little Doward Camp which crowns the wood and provides spectacular views across the Wye Valley.

There is a way-marked trail and lots of other paths to explore around the hill and down to the River Wye. With an amazing array of cliffs, caves and stone walls that were also part of a huge 19th Century estate. Greater and lesser horseshoe bats roost in its limestone caves, and see if you can spot the nationally rare whitebeam tree growing on the rocky outcrops.

Access to the woods is by foot and the Woodland Trust does not permit cycling or horse riding within this wood. Some of the paths can be muddy in the winter or after heavy rain.

Entry Cost

The Woodland Trust is able to provide free access to its woodlands thanks to the support of its members. Contact the Woodland Trust to find out how you can help support and keep these woods free for everyone.

Hours

Daylight hours
  • Welcomes

    • Free entry
  • Parking

    • Free parking
  • Special Features

    • Historical Interest
    • Rural location
  • Facilities

    • Picnic's welcome
Little Doward Wood (Woodland Trust)

Directions & Parking

Map pin Little Doward Wood
Ganarew
Herefordshire
NP25 3SX
Located next to Wyastone Business Park, Ganarew. Exit the A40 at Ganarew and follow signs for towards Crockers Ash. The entrance will be on your right after Ganarew Cross.

Caring For The Planet

The Woodland Trust is working hard to restore this ancient woodland and improve the habitats to protect rare species and increase its biodiversity potential. Help us look after this wood by sticking to footpaths and taking any littler home with you.

Little Doward Wood (Woodland Trust) Recommends

A spring time visit to see the bluebells and wild garlic in flower, and a walk to the top of the hill fort is well worth it for the spectacular views all year round.