Southway Wood is located in the north of Plymouth just of the A386 Tavistock Road. The 57.5 hectares site is owned and managed by the Cann Estate and is accessible to the public by a public footpath which runs through the site.
The site is an area of broadleaved woodland in a 'Y' shaped configuration with steep slopes on both sides of two streams.
The site is designated as a County Wildlife Site because of the presence of 24 ancient woodland indicator species.
- Yellow pimpernel
Some of the area is also designated as ancient semi-natural woodland.