Wood Farm Health RoutesPublished by Sarah-Jane Childs on Wed, 2019-12-04 13:39
Enjoy the amazing green spaces Wood Farm has to offer!
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has established a health walk in Wood Farm, this is a great way for community members and visitors to enjoy the outdoors and improve their health.
The above community map of Wood Farm shows different walking routes going from Wood Farm Health Centre to meadows, nature reserves, parks and woods.
Get to know your green spaces in Wood Farm...
Grassland and mature orchard, home to butterflies, badgers and birds such as skylarks, meadow pipits and owls.
The valley is a rare habitat. It supports over 20 species of plants rare in Oxfordshire, of which 14 are in danger of extinction. It is also abundant in wildlife, with unusual insects including the brown hairstreak butterfly and glow-worms, birds such as the reed warbler, reptiles, foxes and badgers. Find out more at http://www.friendsoflyevalley.org.uk/
CS Lewis Nature Reserve
This peaceful woodland and large pond used to belong to Oxford author CS Lewis. It was said he enjoyed strolling here while writing his children’s book series about Narnia. The pond, a flooded Victorian clay pit, is full of aquatic plants, and toads migrate here to spawn in Spring. There are amazing displays of dragonflies and damselflies in Summer. More info here: https://www.bbowt.org.uk/nature-reserves/cs-lewis-nature-reserve
Brasenose Woods & Magdalen Woods
Magdalen and Brasenose Woods were once joined together as part of the ancient Royal Forest of Shotover. The woods have beautiful mature oaks, hazel coppices, field maple, silver birch, aspen, beech, rowan, wild cherry and yew trees, to name a few!
Shotover Country Park
Get ready to climb a hill for a spectacular view! Explore the 117ha of beautiful ancient woodland, which was a Royal Forest and hunting ground until the Civil War. The woods are cycling and riding friendly and are also great for families with a popular natural sandpit. See details at: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/shotover
Rock Edge Nature Reserve
A remnant of the limestone quarries formerly worked in Headington. The rocks exposed in the cliff face are of Upper Jurassic age, around 140-150 million years old. The site has an abundance of nectar and pollen-bearing lime-loving wildflowers- a vital source of nourishment for moths, butterflies, soldier flies and hoverflies. Details at: http://www.friendsoflyevalley.org.uk/rockedge/
For the times of local walk groups visit: Getoxfordshireactive.org