Credenhill Park Wood
Credenhill Park Wood is a 90.36ha (235 acre) ancient woodland site owned by the Woodland Trust. It occupies a prominent place in the landscape on steep slopes and comprises of mixed conifers and hardwoods with hazel elder and bramble understory. A scheduled ancient monument crowns the summit with ramparts roughly following the 600 ft contour to form an iron age hill fort of around 20 ha in size. Part of the summit has been clear felled giving good panoramic views.
Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference to car park: SO 455:440
Vehicular access: The car park is located off the Credenhill to Tillington road on the LH side (travelling NE) approx. 200 yards from the junction with the A 480 in Credenhill village, or if approaching from the Bell Inn Tillington, one mile on RH side. This is the only official access to the site.
Access by foot: A good hardcore track leads from the car park up into the wood and can be stayed on for a leisurely walk around the perimeter (about one hour) or can be branched off onto one of the many smaller tracks eventually leading onto the ramparts.
Other facilities: There are no facilities on site, the nearest is the Bell Inn public house at Tillington HR4 8LE approx. 1 mile NE where refreshments can be bought, or there is a good shop and food outlets at Credenhill village 2/3 mile SE.
Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheet 149 and Pathfinder series SO44/54
OS Map View (1:25,000
|What to see:|
|Resident||Bullfinch, Marsh Tit, Raven, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (occasionally), Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Goldfinch Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Tawny Owl, Jay.|
|Winter||Redwing, Fieldfare, Woodcock (occasionally).|
|Summer||Tree Pipit, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Linnet.|
|Spring/autumn||Spotted Flycatcher, Stonechat, Redstart.|
|Brockhall GP, Kenchester Pools, Wyevale Wood HWT and The Weir Gardens NT.|