Trowbridge, BA14 9BL

OS Map 15 grid ref. ST848596

  • Suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs
  • Dogs on leads are welcome
  • 16 hectares 
  • Muddy in places

Widbrook Wood is one of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's newest reserves, having it gifted by the Alex Moulton Charitable Trust in 2016. 

Widbrook Wood is a semi-natural woodland of 16 hectares. It is bordered on the south by the Kennet & Avon Canal and to the north of the River Avon. The River Biss flows through the south-eastern section of the wood and the Widbrook, from which it takes its name, flows through the west. 

Widbrook Wood forms part of a large woodland complex on the River Avon and Kennet & Avon Canal and includes a mixture of ash, cherry, poplar, willow and oak trees.

Over 40,000 trees have been planted with planting completed in 2000.

The woodland is host to a number of bird species. Near the water look for kingfisher and little grebe. Along the path edge, the scrubby woodland is habitat for migrating warblers such as whitethroat, blackcap and chiffchaff. During May, the woodland comes to life with an abundance of wildflowers. 

The edges of the woodland and the river banks are very open and different butterfly species can be found including peacock, comma and speckled wood. Damselflies are also present on the riverbank including the banded demoiselle.

Comma butterfly © Amy Lewis

Directions

Access

Main access is from several points along the towpath of the Kennet & Avon Canal. There is no car parking on this site. The site can get boggy after wet weather making it more difficult for pushchairs and wheelchair users. 

If Driving

From Trowbridge, head to the Hilperton Industrial Estate. The nearest car park is by Airsprung Beds. From here you will need to walk along the towpath of the canal to the reserve.

If using the bus

From Trowbridge, catch the 265 bus to Bath and alight at Trowbridge Road. Widbrook Wood is approximately ten minutes walk from the bus stop. Visit www.connectingwiltshire.co.uk 

If cycling

Travel from either Trowbridge or Bradford on Avon along the towpath of the Kennet & Avon Canal. 

Nearby reserves

GREEN LANE WOOD, CONIGRE MEAD

What to see locally

  • Trowbridge Museum (2 miles)
  • Great Chalfield Manor (4 Miles)
  • The Roman Baths (9 Miles)
  • Lacock Abbey (10 Miles)