This weekend, we went for a stroll in Stoke Wood, part of the Woodland Trust.
Stoke Wood is a beautiful 32.5-hectare (87-acre) ancient woodland site located in Stoke Lyne. It is around 3.7 miles (6km) north-west of Bicester and a short 10-minute drive.
As you arrive in the carpark, you’ll be greeted by this wonderful broadleaved woodland via a bridleway gate.
Once inside, you’ll be surrounded by nature. As you trace your way around the woodland, you’ll see a variety of trees and birds, animals and insects.
Particularly noteworthy is the avenue of Corsican pines. They offer a grand walk through the centre of Stoke Wood alongside the Medieval woodbank which traces the woodland.
Is the woodland accessible?
Stoke Wood is a truly lovely space to explore and features mixed woodland, open glades and a meadow. It offers two well waymarked trails (short and long) according to preference.
The short trail is 3/4 mile (1.2km) long and circles a section of the wood. It allows you to appreciate the woodland and the ornamental avenue in all its glory.
The long trail is 1 3/4 miles (2.8km) long and guides you through most of the woodland. You’ll be able to see the woods in all their splendour alongside the avenue, open glades and coppice stools.
Both of these trails are accessible but the long does feature some uneven ground, tree roots and loose stones.
However, those with buggies and wheelchairs should be able to navigate both trails in good weather as the paths tend to be level and are well maintained.
Please note, there are no toilets or places to eat or drink onsite. However, adjacent to the northern boundary of the wood, you’ll find Cherwell Valley service station which has all amenities.
So, what did we think of Stoke Wood?
Stoke Wood is a truly lovely place to visit and offers a wholesome family day out in Oxfordshire. The area is popular with dog walkers and families alike and it’s easy to understand why as there’s lots to see and explore.
Additionally, if you go in spring, you will also be greeted by a sea of bluebells. Stoke Wood is one of the most popular and best places to see bluebells in Oxfordshire.
What’s your favourite woodland in Oxfordshire?
? 10 minutes from Bicester
?️ Parking available onsite (30 spaces)
? Stoke Lyne, Bicester, OX27 7NH • Explorer 191 • OS Landranger 164
✅ Wheelchair and pushchair accessible via paths
☕️ No place to eat or drink
? No toilet
? Dogs welcome