Budshead Wood (LNR)

Budshead WoodBudshead Wood is a Local Nature Reserve located in the north-west of Plymouth immediately east of Ernesettle and south of Tamerton Creek. This site covers 14 hectares (that's around 14 full-sized football pitches) and is a place where you can relax, walk, play and explore nature. Cross over from the Budshead Road entrance and you'll find yourself in Woodland Wood.

Budshead Wood is an ancient woodland next to a tidal creek which joins the Tamar. Why not take your family for a stroll enjoying the sounds and smells of the woods?


The site provides a valuable landscape and biodiversity resource for the area and contains a number of habitats including woodland, a stream, a pond and a tidal creek.

Species we've spotted include bluebell, wood anemone and wild garlic.

For more detailed information on access and the management see the documents below:

Download Management plan [PDF, 1MB]

Download Habitat survey [PDF, 380KB]

Download Improvements map [PDF, 380KB]

Download Management activities map [PDF, 383KB]

Download Management unit map [PDF, 380KB]

Download Site features map [PDF, 356KB]

Walks and features

  • Network of paths throughout the site
  • Pond
  • Benches throughout the reserve

Remember this is a Local Nature Reserve, please be considerate to wildlife and to other users:

  • Don't pick wild flowers or plants
  • Don't disturb animals
  • Take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under control
  • Keep dogs out of stream area
  • Clean up after your dogs
  • No camping
  • No motorbikes
  • No fires

Summer events

Download Budshead Wood summer events 2017 [PDF, 1MB]


  • Steps and steep slopes at most entrances

Travel and directions

  • Two minutes walk from Budshead Road
  • Cycle route runs through the Reserve from Budshead Road to Rochford Crescent
  • Accessible using public transport with bus stops along Budshead Road to the east of the reserve
  • No official car park (some car parking available at Budshead Road and Rochford Crescent)