image for Nature Reserve item typeThorpe Wood

Nature Reserve, free entry




This beautiful ancient woodland consists of an oak-ash canopy with hazel and field maple below. The northern section is actively managed by traditional coppicing. The ground flora is diverse here, especially in spring when there are good numbers of wood anemones and a spectacular display of bluebells. The heavy clay soils provide the necessary ground conditions for ransoms, or wild garlic, with its distinctive smell. There are a number of very large mature oaks, which provide and excellent home for a range of invertebrates. Woodpeckers can be frequently heard tapping in the summer months. The southern section of the wood is not open to the public.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Dawn to Dusk.


Free entry



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Map reference: TL 161982  Lat: 52.56923 Long: -0.28842

By Road:
In Peterborough. From junction 17 on A1(M) take A1139 east to Peterborough. Take third exit on to A1260 north. Take second exit, then go left at roundabout following the brown Thorpe Wood sign. Follow Thorpe Wood turning right in to Thorpe Road just after police station. Cross over main road then take first right into Holywell Way. Entrance to reserve car park is on right.

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