Bagley Wood

Bagley Wood

Date of Adventure: 22 Oct, 2023

Aren’t we spoilt for woodland walks in Oxford and beyond? So many on our doorstep to choose from. It may come as no surprise find out that Oxford was, from the earliest historical days, one of the best-wooded shires in England.

This ancient wood is one of the largest in Oxford so don’t get lost! The 550 acres include natural oak and coppiced woodland, plantations, experimental plots, and specimen trees. Expect carpets of bluebells in April and May and wide ranging views of Abingdon and the Chilterns depending on what route you follow. We find lots of walking routes on the free AllTrails site, especially longer ones for the Big Oxplorers only. Remember to wear wellies on your jaunt if it has been raining as it gets very muddy.

As you can see from our pictures the varying landscapes are beautiful and the tall, tall trees can make little ones look teeny tiny!

We access the woods via Kennington Bike Track but there are multiple entrances including via Oxford Rd.




Always open
No booking required
No café
Not accessible due to terrain and gradient
10 minutes from Headington roundabout
We access via Kennington, which the S3 bus services
There are lots of entrances but we park at Kennington Forest Side park then access via the footbridge
The details
Numerous entrances. We access via Kennington Forest Side Park where there is free parking: Forest Side, Kennington, Oxford OX1 5LQ

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Rear of The Victoria Arms leading to the river

Did you


Oxford Preservation Trust bought the Victoria Arms pub in 1959 to save the nearly derelict building. Now fully renovated, this rural gem re-opened in 1984. It's still standing proud and serving Oxford’s pub-goers every day!

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