Spring woodland

Woodland wild flowers in spring © National Trust

Woodland wild flowers in spring

There is no better place to feel the awakening of spring than in the woods. The air is warming, the ground is carpeted with wild flowers, swathes of anemones, daffodils and bluebells and birds fill the air with song whilst streams and cascades run freely. Brush away those winter cobwebs and lift your spirits with a walk down into our woods.

Summer woodland

Reflections on the lake in Summer © Jemma Donaldson

Reflections on the lake in Summer

Our woodland is cool and leafy in summer and the perfect place to come for a stroll. Abundant wildflowers along our paths and meadows attract a multitude of insects. Can you spot the butterflies and dragonflies as you pass by? Sitting in the shade by the lake or cascades could treat you to an electric glimpse of a kingfisher.

Autumn woodland

Mellow autumn colour by the lake © Jemma Donaldson

Mellow autumn colour by the lake

There is no better place to experience the change of the season than in the woods. Walk through gentle mists, discover berries and fungi, see spectacular leaf colour and hear the rustling of foraging wildlife. A detailed map guide is available for purchase showing our three circular walks helping you to explore this enchanting place.

Winter woodland

Majestic Redwoods in the snow © Chloe Bradbrooke, National Trust

Majestic Redwoods in the snow

The bare trees in winter can take on an other-worldly feel as their branches twist into sculptures and when covered in frost or snow can be quite beautiful. The glossy foliage of the evergreens with berries feels festive and our redwoods stand tall and majestic. Put on your wellies, come down and walk off your winter feasts with us.

The woodland in summer

Leafy walk ways

Walk in the cool shade of beech trees  © National Trust/chloe bradbrooke

Escape the summer heat and walk where centuries of feet have trod, down medieval track-ways under the cool, leafy arches of the tree canopy.

The herb-rich paths attract many butterflies, and you can hear bird song overhead.


Wildflower meadows

Buttercups in summer sunshine © National Trust/chloe bradbrooke

Step out of the shady glades into the sunlight of the woodland wildflower meadows. You’ll find them full of colourful blooms and alive with the hum of insects.

Trace animal tracks through the long grass or pause for some cloud spotting.



Cool waters

Trickling water of the cascades © Jemma Donaldson

Listen to the trickling waters of the cascades or sit for a while by the lake. Pools and streams provide opportunities for watching hovering dragonflies and damselflies.

If you're lucky you might even catch the dazzling flash of a kingfisher.

Chainsaw sculpture

Take a walk down into the woods and see if you can spot our eye catching chainsaw sculpture created by David Lucas.


Site of Special Scientific Interest

Nymans woods SSSI

Sandstone outcrop in the woods © National Trust

Nymans woods is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, as designated by Natural England. It receives this classification because of its age (it is ancient woodland) and the wide variety of plant and animal life it supports. Calling Nymans 'home' are a vast array of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and wild flowers amongst the trees, waterways, meadows and giant rocks.

Breeding birds

A grey wagtail takes a dip in the pond at Nymans © National Trust

The woods support a rich community of breeding birds, including woodpeckers, finches, warblers, tits and kingfishers. In order to maintain the woods as a safe place for them to flourish we ask visitors to keep their dogs on leads during nesting season - 1 March to 31 July.


A broad-bodied chaser dragonfly basks pondside at Nymans © National Trust/Chloe Bradbrooke

Spot butterflies such as the Silver Washed Fritillary and White Admiral fluttering along the grassy rides or catch a glimpse of the scarce Brilliant and Downy Emerald dragonflies along the waterways and the electric blue of the Beautiful Demoiselle.

Plant life

Woodland ferns caught in sunlight © National Trust

As well as swathes of familiar woodland flowers, such as bluebells, primroses and anemones, our special microclimate means we are home to some unusual plants, mosses, liverworts and ferns. These include orchids, hay and lemon-scented ferns, and the pretty and delicate ivy-leaved bellflower.

Leaf ID

Collecting autumn leaves © NTPL/Paul Harris

Do you want to know more about the different types of  birds and trees in our wonderful woods? Download a handy leaf ID guide here ready for your next visit. A bird ID sheet is available in the 'breeding birds' section. 


Have fun following the geocache trail through the heart of the woods. Let it guide you past stunning rock faces, trees and pools whilst you try to find the hidden treasures.

Products and crafts

Visit our craft area near the Tea Gardens to see what's on offer from the array of seasonal products, such as charcoal straight from Nymans woods, or catch the volunteers demonstrating their skills.

Our work

Alongside our rangers, much of our practical conservation work is carried out by our dedicated volunteers who provide safe visitor access, protect wildlife, enhance habitats and harvest timber.