The Woodland and Meadows Trails
At Worcester Woods Country Park
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
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
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 autumn.
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 7 August 2013 at 15:34.
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