Pinsley Woods

Pinsley Woods

Date of Adventure: 22 Jul, 2023

One to file under ‘re-visit for bluebells’, but also fits nicely under ‘brilliant run around with kids’ too.

Although relatively small, it’s only 45 hectares and a 2.2 mile flat circular loop on the path around the woods, it’s what’s inside where the magic lies; undulating landscape with huge dips and hills, rope swings, fallen trees, dens and burrows. It’s clear that this has been an awesome playground from the wheel tracks and various constructions made from branches and wood; pretty much an idyllic childhood adventure right here!

In April/ May the woods will be awash with thousands of bluebells but without the crowds that many of the bluebell hotspots come with. This place is small but mighty, now all we need to do is convince the local pub to open again for post walk roast dinners!



Always open
No booking required
Hand and Shears pub now closed permanently
Accessible for an off road pushchair but it does get very muddy after rain
17 minutes from Headington roundabout
No direct bus route from Oxford
Park opposite the Hand and Shears Pub (now closed permanently)
The details


Enter by the lane to the left of the Hand and Shears Pub

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Did you


Lye Valley is part of the Wild Oxford project, a joint initiative between BBOWT, Oxford City Council and local community groups to create a more resilient network of wildlife habitats across the city which benefited Oxford’s natural heritage and improved people’s access to nature.

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