Rushbeds Wood

Rushbeds Wood

Date of Adventure: 12 Mar, 2023

This ancient woodland, once part of the Royal Forest of Bernwood, is a mixture of ash, field maple, aspen, hazel and oak along with blackthorn, hawthorn, spindle and a few old hornbeams – the perfect hiding place for deer and wild boar. And this is a splashy adventure so be sure to bring wellies and waterproofs! There are many shallow wading opportunities, as well as trees to climb and lots of space to run wild. In spring you will see wildflowers and bluebells and summer brings butterflies, including the rate purple emperor and black hairstreak. As yu can see from the photos below we have visied in all seasons and loved every minute of it.

Follow the badger waymarkers for the 1.5 mile Wildlife Walk, perfect for little legs – but don’t think that a little walk equals little adventures as you will be here for hours exploring and finding little treasures to take home.

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Always open
No booking required
No cafe
Not accessible due to terrain
23 minutes from Headington roundabout
No public transport routes nearby
Free parking for a small amount of cars
The details


9 miles south-east of Bicester, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0RU

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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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