Leigh Woods

Come and find this dramatic view © National Trust

Come and find this dramatic view

Explore the beautiful and diverse broadleaf woodland on the plateau above the famous Avon Gorge, boasting superb views across the city to downland beyond. Leigh Woods has been an intrinsic part of Bristolian life for centuries. Designated pathways will lead you through oak, small leaf lime and ash forest. Springtime brings an abundance of bluebells and wood anemones, whilst the summer months offer... 

Hatfield Forest

Hatfield is a rare surviving example of a medieval royal hunting forest © National Trust

Hatfield is a rare surviving example of a medieval royal hunting forest

 No other forest on earth evokes the atmosphere of a medieval hunting forest so completely. The ancient trees of the forest are like magnificent living sculptures, peaceful giants worn and fragile from centuries of seasons and use. Some of our extraordinary ancient trees are 1,200 years old. Just imagine what these trees have lived through and the stories they could tell. Whether you want somewhere...

Hardcastle Crags

Beautiful icicles at Hebden Water © Joe Cornish

Beautiful icicles at Hebden Water

 A beauty spot of the South Pennines with more than 160 hectares (400 acres) of unspoilt woodland. As well as being the home of the northern hairy wood ant, there are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 30 miles of footpaths. At its heart is Gibson Mill, a family-oriented visitor centre, telling the history of the valley over the past 200...

Meet some of our most ancient treasures

We care for some very old trees with amazing stories to tell. Our Ancient Tree Adviser, Brian Muelaner, has picked ten of his favourite places to see these 'cathedrals of the natural world'.

Brandelhow Woods, Borrowdale

In 1902, a factory worker in Sheffield sent two and sixpence to help the Brandlehow funds. "All my life I have longed to see the Lakes," he wrote,"I shall never see them now, but I should like to help keep them for other

Wildlife paradise

See the dee in the surrounding woods of Kingston Lacy

Our woodlands are home to myriad species of mammals, birds and insects. Some are easier to spot than others, but you'll still get a thrill whether you see a badger, a blue tit or a White Admiral butterfly.

  • Get away from it all

    Beautiful, peaceful and ancient...woodlands are wonderful places to relax.

  • Get active

    Horseriding, cycling and walking are great ways to enjoy our woods, and burn a few calories at th...

  • Get grubby

    Let the kids run riot, build a den, recreate action packed stories or hunt down woodland beasties...

Woodland walks

Learn about our most amazing trees

If you can't actually visit all of our important trees, don't worry. We've created a series of videos that take you, literally, inside and up close and personal with these stars of our countryside.