Woodland

Hatfield Forest

The woodland floor comes alive with colour in autumn © National Trust

The woodland floor comes alive with colour in autumn

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.

Hardcastle Crags

One of many paths to explore © National Trust

One of many paths to explore

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.

Leigh Woods

Come and enjoy the autumn colours at Leigh Woods © National Trust

Come and enjoy the autumn colours at Leigh Woods

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.

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

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 others.'

Wildlife paradise

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.

A place for you

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.