RSPB Chapel Wood

Discover the beauty of a nature reserve nestled in the countryside, where ancient woodlands, vibrant wildflowers, and a symphony of birdsong await. Take a nature retreat and a peaceful escape from everyday life.

RSPB Chapel Wood

RSPB Chapel Wood is a 2

2 hectare nature reserve situated in the English village of Croyde, North Devon

It was acquired by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in 1985 and forms part of the Braunton Burrows Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

The reserve is made up of lowland heath where it meets lowland scrub and ancient woodland

It also contains a small lake

The area is a haven for wildlife, providing sanctuary for many species of birds, insects and plants, such as Dartford warblers, Woodlarks and purple hairstreak butterflies

Visitors can enjoy walking along its well-marked trails to discover the natural beauty and heritage of this special place

RSPB Chapel Wood is open all year round and provides a great way to become immersed in nature and stumble upon some amazing wildlife


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RSPB Chapel Wood Reviews

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Opening Hours:
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Address: Mains Down Ln, Croyde, Braunton EX33 1JA, UK

Rose Ball avatarRose Ball
a year ago
A sweet little wood, not a long walk around but I imagine plenty long enough if with children. Wonderfully quiet, has the ruins of a chapel and lots of stumps and fallen trees to picnic on. The path does a loop around the reserve, it's easy enough to begin with and then becomes a little steep, climbing a small hill but it is a proper path with steps. Seasoned hikers should have no problem! Parking is on the road and the road to get there is narrow and windy – definitely drive slow.
Matt Watson avatarMatt Watson
2 years ago
One of the best woodlands we've found! Come here at any time of day or year for a different experience. My photos are from autumn when the leaves are on the ground, mushrooms are everywhere and the afternoon light is awesome! The woods isn't very big but is long enough for a short walk – great for children or toddlers! There's also a beautiful chapel ruin and spring at the beginning of the walk with information boards about its history. We've filled a few bottles up here before and seen others with big gallon bottles! The only thing to watch out for are the stairs at the back of the woods, some are steep and some have rotted away so a little useless. Parking is limited to around 6 cars along the roadside but we've never had trouble finding a spot. A little secret amongst the hills!
David Turner avatarDavid Turner
5 years ago
Yet another great rspb reserve this one's a lovely little woodland setting with some lovely wildlife and great views. It is set on quite a steep hill with quite a climb to the top . But still a great past to pass a couple of hours
Connor Murphy avatarConnor Murphy
a year ago
Lovely little woodland reserve tucked out of the way. Great for those interested in birds as there are plenty to see there including great spotted woodpeckers which I was fortunate to see a couple of times! Parking can be a little tricky as there are only a few spaces but well worth a visit!
carrianne chapman avatarcarrianne chapman
2 years ago
So peaceful. Perfect to take the dogs. Plenty of wildlife and the ruins of a Chapel.
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