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Roydon Woods

Roydon Woods is a large patchwork of ancient woodland, pastures, ponds, heaths and the Lymington River; a fantastic place to explore

Roydon Woods contain many different habitats, each with their own character and wildlife. There are ungrazed ancient woodland supporting plant species which are indicative of a long continuity of woodland cover, open heathland covered in heather and gorse and old meadows rich in flowering plants which support butterflies. Deer can be seen or heard in the woodland, which is alive with bird song. Tawny owls live here, as well as nightjars. In autumn, with the changing leaves fungi suddenly appear on the woodland flora. One of the largest populations of small pearl bordered fritillary is found on this site.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust manage our nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife and we would like to thank all of our visitors that take care when walking on our nature reserves. We are working hard to engage with the dog walking community, in particular those that visit our nature reserves with their dog. The Trust’s "Dogs on Reserves" project has produced a leaflet that explains how to act responsibly on our nature reserves, along with some general guidance for dog walking visitors and advice about walking amongst cattle.

Please download Roydon Woods trail guide leaflet which contains all the reserve's information and pathways.


Getting to Roydon Woods

Roydon Woods is 1 ¼ miles south east of Brockenhurst (the main entrance is at Setley, map ref SU 306004).

Car: There is very limited car parking at the Royden Crossroads (SZ 318994)  and beside Church Lane at SU 307315 from where bridleways lead into the reserve.

On foot: From the Filly Inn beside the A337 at Setley, walk east along the bridleway to the main entrance.


Nearby nature reserves

Lymington Reedbeds
3 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
Lymington and Keyhaven Marshes
6 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
Bouldnor Forest
8 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

1 mile south east from Brockenhurst
Please see 'Getting to Roydon Woods'
Map reference
SU 315 009
Great for...
ancient trees
historical interest
spring flowers
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381.00 hectares
A wide variety of underfoot conditions may be encountered. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
The smaller paths here are unsurfaced and can be muddy in wet weather. A wide variety of underfoot conditions may be encountered
Various parking: park on Church Lane or there are two locations on Sandy Down. Parking also available at the Filly Inn, Church Lane
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01489 774 400

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