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Radford Woods (CWS)

Radford WoodsRadford Woods covers 38 hectares (that's around 38 full-sized football pitches). It's located in the south-east of Plymouth and is a place where you can relax, walk, play and explore nature. The site is owned and managed by us and comprises meadows, woodlands and marshland which drain into the River Plym at Hooe Lake. The site is made up of a collection of areas including Jennyscombe Wood, Barn Wood, Brixtonhall Plantation, Basinghall Plantation and Buddle Wood. A variety of habitats are present including semi-natural woodland, woodland plantation, grassland, old quarry, still and running water.

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

Management plan

location map

Site features map

Habitat survey

Management units map


The site provides a valuable landscape and biodiversity resource for the area and is designated as a County Wildlife Site.

Species we've spotted include:

  • Ancient woodland indicators such as wild garlic, moschatel, pignut, yellow pimpernel, wood millet, bluebell and primrose
  • Deptford Pink
  • Badger

Walks and features

  • Network of paths throughout the site
  • Follow the blue or red routes around the reserve, each route takes about one hour of steady walking. Path surfaces are uneven in places with some steps and steep slopes
  • Fairy trail for children (follow signs)
  • Extensive marsh and wetland area
  • Extensive wildflower meadows
  • Pond dipping platform and outdoor classroom
  • Benches throughout the reserve
  • Orchard
  • Join the Friends of Radford Woods, a group of local volunteers who help care for the site
  • The Radford Bird Hide is available for use by the community. Requests through the hosting events on our land page

Remember this is a County Wildlife Site, 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


  • Steps and steep slopes at most entrances

Travel and directions

  • 800m from Plymstock Broadway
  • Cycle route runs immediately west of the site at Hooe Road
  • Easily accessible using public transport with bus stops along Hooe Road to the west of the reserve
  • No official car park (some car parking available on nearby roads)