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Whitleigh Wood (CWS)

Whitleigh WoodWhitleigh Wood is a Local Nature Reserve located in the north of Plymouth immediately north of Whitleigh and south of Southway. Mostly ancient woodland, this site is a real gem, a place where you can relax, walk, play and explore nature whilst the frenetic pace of urban life goes on all around. Covering 20 hectares (that's about 20 full-sized football pitches), this site is owned and managed by the Woodland Trust.

Whitleigh Wood contains a number of habitats including ancient woodland, wet woodland and meadows. When visiting the site, why not explore the extensive path network?


The site provides a valuable landscape and biodiversity resource for the area and is also a County Wildlife Site because of its ancient woodland characteristics. Sessile oak, yew, sanicle and barren strawberry are all present here. For more detailed information on the management of Whitleigh Wood visit the Woodland Trust website.

Walks and features

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

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

  • 200m from Whitleigh shops 700m from Tamerton Foliot (by Cann Wood Local Nature Reserve)
  • Cycle route runs through the reserve
  • Accessible using public transport with bus stops along Tamerton Foliot Road to the north of the reserve and Budshead Road to the south of the reserve
  • No official car park (some car parking available in nearby car parks)