Piney Copse

An image of E M Forster

Imagine owning a wood to explore and marvel at its wildlife. The writer, E M Forster, famed for, 'A Passage to India' and many other famous novels was able to do just that at Piney Copse.

Piney Copse and the novelist, E M Forster

E M Forster once owned our little wood. Forster used to live nearby and bought the wood to save it from development. He used funds from various book sales, in particular, ‘A Passage to India’.

'My Wood'

Forster (1879 – 1970) wrote many novels, short stories and essays. In his book, Abinger Harvest 1926, he wrote an enlightening piece about owning Piney Copse and his feelings, entitled ‘My Wood’.

Looking after Piney Copse

When Forster died in 1970 he donated the Copse (4.4 acres) to us to look after for all to enjoy.
The wood is a mixed secondary-woodland with oaks, sweet chestnuts and beech trees. Our little wood is also a quiet haven for many creatures, including badgers.

Visiting our enchanting little wood

There’s one footpath running through our enchanting wood but many hidden, leafy areas to explore too. On warmer days, maybe bring a light snack and your favourite E M Forster book to read. Make our little wood yours for an hour or two.

How to get here

You can walk to Piney Copse from Abinger Hammer or from the Roughs.
Follow the footpath from the Abinger Roughs car park (heading west) to West Hackhurst and then onto Piney Copse. It will take around an hour. 
Why not walk our Abinger Roughs to Gomshall walk which passes through Piney Copse?