The Woodland and Meadows Trails at Worcester Woods Country
Trail leads you gently round Nunnery
Wood, pointing out special features of the woods as you go.
The route is surfaced and level. The path through the
woods crosses little wooden bridges that trolls live under and the
trail winds between old and not so old trees. You will pass ancient
Oaks gnarled and weathered alongside younger Hazel trees. Holly,
fruit trees and Lime add to the mix, with brambles, Honeysuckle and
woodland flowers underneath. Bluebells are a particular delight in
spring as they fill the woods with their sweet smell and a rich
green and blue carpet to feast your eyes on.
Take time to sit on one of the benches along the route and watch
life in the woodland unfold. Squirrels scuttle busily about,
Jays hop around the trees searching for acorns,
Robins, tits, pigeons and thrushes
build their nests in the trees, and the sounds of a Woodpecker or a
Chiff Chaff, one of the first summer migrants to return, are sure
to put a smile on your face. There are no stiles or gates along the
route, and it is well signposted, to help you explore the woods
Trail explores Hornhill Meadows
Local Nature Reserve. In spring and summer the meadows are a
beautiful mosaic of wild flowers and swaying grasses, delicate
butterflies on the wing, bees searching for sweet nectar on flowers
and birds nesting in the ancient hedgerows. If you are visiting
when the flowers are not at their best you can still admire the
former farm orchard that has recently been restored, and the ridge
and furrow patterns in the fields are still clear. Laid hedges add
strength to the scene, made up largely of blossoming Hawthorn and
Blackthorn in spring, heavily laden with fruit and seeds in the
During the winter you may find rare breeds cattle grazing in the
meadows. They help keep the wild flowers growing strong the
following spring by grazing the grasses down to give the flowers a
quicker start. There are no stiles and three gates along this
route. The trail mainly takes you across grass but a couple of
sections can get muddy after extreme weather.
Both trails start / finish at the Countryside Centre at
Worcester Woods Country Park, east of the city just off the A4440
between the hospital and County Hall. Grid reference: 878544.
Additional Facilities and Information:
- Children's play area
- Picnic tables and information.
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This page was last reviewed 22 June 2012 at 12:20.
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