Welcome to the Pipley Wood website

Discover Pipley Wood

Explore an ancient woodland free to the public


A view of Pipley Wood

Lose yourself in nature

Discover the magic of our ancient woodland which has been forested since at least 1600, the time of the first Ordnance Survey map.

Be enchanted

Deep in a steep valley, clear springs trickle into marshy pools, slip out and become the rippling Pipley Brook, slow sculptor of limestone and clay, whose quick melody counterpoints never ending birdsong.

The steep woodland is a moving tapestry of moss, leaf, sunlight and shade. It is a place of mystery, fancy and adventure for all ages; a place where childhoods are created, a wood of wonder and serenity for the adult mind.

Natural wonder

It is a naturalist’s paradise, with over 100 species of trees, shrubs, flowers, mosses and liverworts to discover and over 120 species of hoverfly, slugs, snails, butterfly, grasshopper and crickets in the varied habitats, ranging from deciduous woodland, tangled scrub and open grassland to boggy streamsides, step banks and sunlit glades.

Badgers, dormice, foxes and song birds are gazed upon by ever present circling buzzards and busy rooks. It is a secret place inviting you to enter and be enchanted – but beware, for once under its spell, you will have to return!