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.

London Gardens Online

Shooters Hill Woodlands include Oxleas Wood, Jack Wood and Castle Wood, as well as Sheperdleas Wood and Eltham Common. There are areas of ancient woodland at least 8000 years old and coppicing was practised from medieval times until the 1920s. Shooters Hill follows...

The Green Chain | Section 6 Oxleas Wood to Mottingham

This section is not too hard, it follows the Capital Ring. From Oxleas Wood (where the path joins with section 3) you follow rough paths and tracks through Shepherdleas Wood. At Shepherdleas Wood you turn right to go to Eltham Park North and then Mottingham. If you...

Welcome to the Oxleas Wood Website

Welcome to the new Oxleas Wood Website. A blog based information site for Oxleas Wood, Castle Wood and Jack Wood on Shooters Hill in south east London. A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the ancient Oxleas wood cover 77 hectares and are at least 8,000 years...

Wood ‘best site for sports hall’

From the Mercury; http://www.mercury-today.co.uk/ GREEN campaigners have lost a fight to save a piece of protected woodland. A Government planning inspector has ruled a part of Oxleas Wood, on Eltham Common, can be used as a site for a school’s sports hall and games...

Olympic missile defences under threat…

Plans to use surface-to-air missiles to protect the skies over London during the Olympics could be thwarted – because they will disturb the habitat of a rare wild flower. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has ordered batteries of Rapier missiles to be placed in...

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