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Explore the Woodlands

There is ample free parking at and around Oxleas Woodlands, with two car parks accessible from Shooters Hill Road and parking available on Rochester Way and Welling Way. There are also two cafes within the woodlands; Oxleas Cafe is open daily from 8am - 4pm with special events in the summer, and Severndroog Tea Room is open Thursday to Sunday 9am - 3:30pm. Severndroog Castle viewing platform is open March to December on Sundays (weather dependent) with special events in the summer and it hosts a Producers Market on the first Sunday of the month.

The Green Chain and the Capital Ring run through the woods, and you are free to explore miles of footpaths at your leisure.

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Species Monitoring and Indetification

Whilst you're visiting Oxleas Woodlands you can help us record what species are present.

We use the following Apps which are available for Android and Apple

  • iRecord Butterflies

  • iNaturalist

You'll be participating with valuable Citizen Science projects if you upload your data. Thank you

Self-Guided Walks

To help visitors explore Oxleas Woodlands we have devised three self-guided walks around the woodlands. Each one starts at Oxleas Café and explores a different area. Please download the walks below for detailed instructions.

A Ramble Around Jack Wood

This walk, starting from the Oxleas Café, takes an easy ramble around Jack Wood and will take approx. 1 hour

Distance 1.2miles

A Stroll Around the Heart of Oxleas

This walk round the ancient Oxleas Wood will take approx. 1¼ hours.

Distance 1.9miles

To the Castle and Back Again

This walk, from Oxleas Café to Severndroog Castle and back will take between 50 – 65 minutes depending on whether you opt for the extension or not. Distance 1.2 or 1.6 miles

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