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Things to see at Eaves Wood

Colourful sunset picture from the Pepperpot at Eaves Wood
Watching the sunset from the Pepperpot at Eaves Wood | © National Trust Images

Pull on your walking boots and take one of the many paths to explore the ancient woodland and glades in Eaves Wood. Listen to the birds calling out and maybe even catch a glimpse of a deer as you stroll across limestone pavement and past ancient yew trees.

Ancient woodland

Parts of Eaves Wood are semi-ancient woodland which means they have stood for over 400 years. The small-leaved limes in Eaves Wood are a group of limes which are believed to be several hundred years old and the collection has all grown from the same tree. Limes can drop a branch which will then regrow from the ground into another tree, making them something of a phoenix of the woodland world.

The variety within Eaves Wood is part of what makes it such a unique area. Mature yew trees create a real darkness and atmosphere with their twisted trunks and gnarled roots, but other areas where new hazel or ash coppice is growing up can feel lighter and full of life. In spring, the coppiced areas of hazel that have been cut to their bases and then allowed to grow again are a haven for primroses and violets. Meanwhile, the lighter glades have a sprinkling of bluebells and wood anemone.

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Twisted and entangled roots of a fallen tree at Eaves Wood | © National Trust/Paul Harris

The Queen Victoria Jubilee Monument

The Queen Victoria Jubilee monument is affectionately known to locals as The Pepperpot. It’s at the summit of Eaves Wood, overlooking the village of Silverdale. If you time your visit right, you will get to enjoy the monument while watching the sun setting over Morecambe Bay.

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