Oxleas Wood

One of the few remaining areas of ancient deciduous forest in Eltham in the Royal Borough of Greenwich (with a small amount passing over the boundary into the London Borough of Bexley), in southeast London. Some parts of Oxleas Wood date back over 8,000 years to the end of the last Ice Age, the Younger Dryas. It is part of a larger continuous area of woodland and parkland on the south side of Shooter’s Hill: other parts are Jack Wood, Castle Wood, Oxleas Meadows, Falconwood Field, Eltham Common and Eltham Park North (the latter being divided by the A2 main road from its southern section). Eltham Park North includes the ancient Shepherdleas Wood. It is also home to Severndroog Castle.

The ancient Oxleas woods covers 77 hectares. Take a walk through the woods of oak, silver birch, hornbeam and coppice hazel.  See the terrace garden, and have lunch at the excellent cafe. Perched at the top of the meadow the views across into kent are spectacular. You would never believe you were in London. Then walk through the numerous enchanting woodland paths to Severndroog Castle, a tower folly, built in 1784, for a view in the opposite direction, it has a viewing platform giving some of the most spectacular views across the city.

Keep visiting as we feature as many events as we are made aware of, as well as eventually cataloguing and detailing many of the features and available activities found in these remarkable woodlands today. This webpage gets visited thousands of times a month. Please contact us for Free Exposure of your event or business.

E-Shooters Hill Blog

E-Shooters Hill Blog

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MOD Community Engagement Day

MOD Community Engagement Day

The Ministry of Defense are holding a Community Engagement Day for those who wish to express or address their concerns about the anti-aircraft missiles likely to be based in Oxleas Wood. It will be on the 4th May. 4-6pm. Please comment here if you attended, and let us...

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