Wytham Woods

Wytham Woods

Date of Adventure: 22 Oct, 2023

Wytham Woods is known as University of Oxford’s ‘laboratory with leaves’ and one of the most researched pieces of woodland in the world. It is vast, covering 1000 acres, and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It’s also a pretty fun place to let the children go wild!

Our favourite entrance is the ‘Anagama Kilns’ gate, access directly from the car park and wander up the hill – do make sure to stop and look at the beautiful views of the city behind you when you get to the top. Next, enter through Brogden’s gate and into the wood of dreams! Dens upon dens upon dens, some huge enough to fit 10 people, some so small only a little one can squeeze in; trees with their branches growing along the ground – an invitation to be climbed, fallen trees, branches to swing on, logs to balance on, makeshift tables and chairs fashioned from nature; imaginative play at its best!

If you can manage to pull your little oxplorers away from there then 32 km of rides and paths await plus incredible views and, in April/May, huge shows of bluebells! This place is so huge that every visit is different and the seasonal changes are spectacular. We have been coming here for years and never once been bored.

Little ones still full of beans after the walk? There’s a sweet local playground in Wytham village. It has an obstacle course, trampoline, swings and a big green to run around. Put Wytham Village Hall into your Satnav and it’s right next to it.

There are multiple entrances to Wytham, visit the website to see all the options. As always, it’s your adventure so do it your way!





Free but you need a walking permit - apply via website
Monday to Friday: 10am to dusk
Weekends and bank holidays: dawn to dusk
No booking required
No café
Wheelchair users can request gate combination numbers to ease access into the Woods. Powered wheelchairs can access the main woodland track. Please email [email protected] to arrange this.
18 minutes from Headington roundabout
ST2 Science Transit Shuttle (weekdays only). No. 6 to Wolvercote then a 20-25 minute walk. There is a cycle path from Botley which you can use to get to the Woods. There are secure bike racks at both Botley Lodge car park and main car park.
Free parking. Take the turning next to the White Hart and then turn right onto the private road. Keep going up the hill until you reach the car park on the left.
The details


OX2 8QQ. in your SatNav will take you to the main car park The car park is only accessed from Wytham Village.

View on Google Maps


Did you


The Oxford Canal starts at Hythe Bridge, just a few minutes from the city centre and railway station. Built over 200 years ago, dug by hand, it flows north out of the city, through Banbury, and all the way to Coventry.

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