Rooks Nest Wood
- Free parking (2m height restriction)
- Disabled parking bays
- Meadows and wooded areas
- 1.6km circular walk on surfaced path
- Waymarked link to Barkham Church and footpaths beyond
Where you’ll find it…
There’s also a pedestrian footpath that starts on Gilbert Way. Find the entrance to this unmarked path at about What3Words: took.sculpture.doll.
N.B. We’ve given the nearest postcode, but recommend using the links to look up the exact location. The centre of a postcode may be up to half a mile from your destination.
What you’ll find there…
Rooks Nest Wood is great for wildlife and makes a lovely walk. With its handy car park and network of footpaths, it’s a nice little place to stop off with the family or the dog. Around 15,000 native trees were planted in 2010/2011, as part of its transformation from farmland to public greenspace, and they’re maturing nicely. This quiet patch has a long history of agricultural grazing, which continues to this day.
If you notice the streams have an orange tinge, don’t be alarmed, it’s perfectly natural! The colour is caused by iron, leached from local sandstones. The water starts out colourless and clear, but as the iron oxidises it turns increasingly cloudy and orange. Just like a chopped up apple that turns brown when it’s exposed to the air!
Rooks Nest Wood has a ‘Local Wildlife Site’ designation for its special fen. Have an eye for botany? Look out for some of the specialist plants, such as Lesser Spearwort, Ragged Robin and Marsh Thistle, that love the boggy patches.