Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day.  

Weekdays

Monday
Opening hours 7am - 10pm
Tuesday
Opening hours 7am - 10pm
Wednesday
Opening hours 7am - 10pm
Thursday
Opening hours 7am - 10pm
Friday
Opening hours 7am - 10pm

Weekends

Saturday
Opening hours 7am - 10pm
Sunday
Opening hours 7am - 10pm

How to find us

How to find us
Adscombe Lane, Over Stowey, Bridgewater
Sat Nav Postcode: TA5 1HN
By Car

From the A39 at Nether Stowey, follow the brown tourist signs marked Ramscombe.

By Public Transport

The nearest bus stops to Great Wood are Over Stowey, Church (Service First 23B) and Marsh Mills, Cross Roads (Service Hatch Green Coaches 18). Great Wood is approximately a 10-15 minute walk.

OS Grid Ref
ST179378

51.13206333517, -3.1900898626097

Parking and prices

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Up to 2 hours £2.00
All day £3.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses - £4.00

Coaches - £6.00

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 3
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Disabled parking available

Facilities and access

Social distancing measures are in place for the toilet block. Please keep 2 metres from other people and be patient with other site visitors.

For a quieter forest experience, we recommend planning your visit for early morning (before 10.00am) or in the evening (after 4.00pm). The forest is usually less busy on week days.

For more information about Great Wood to help you plan your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Toilets

Contact details

Enjoy a leisurely stroll, go on a long-distance horse ride or discover the forest by bike

A stunning site in the Quantocks, Great Wood is the perfect spot to enjoy a family picnic.

Spend some time exploring the nooks and crannies of Great Wood and admire some majestic Douglas fir along the two mile red walk, which is ideal for families.  Great Wood is a wonderful place to spot a variety of wildlife such as Red Deer, Ravens, Buzzards, Pied Flycatchers, Crossbills and much more.  

Bring your bike and head out into the forest for a leisurely cycle. We don't have waymarked cycle routes but there are plenty of bridleways and forest roads to explore on two wheels, or on horse back.

At a glance

No BBQs, fires, or camp stoves
24/02/2022 09:00

Things to do

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at our beautiful picnic site. Just bring along good food and company!

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

Spend an afternoon exploring the nooks and crannies of Ramscombe along the 2 mile Red Walk trail. Look out for majestic Douglas firs, which are some of the tallest trees in England. The tallest is just over 50 metres - higher than 11 double decker buses.    

You will also pass through some ancient oak woodlands, which look particularly spectacular in the Autumn.

You may spot some Red and Roe deer through the forest and may also hear the ‘kronk’ of ravens’ overhead. Also keep your eyes peeled for the occasional flock of Cross Bills passing through the canopy overhead.

You will also be rewarded with some wonderful views across the forest. This is ideal for those who enjoy a gentle stroll and there are two resting places along the way.

Nearby forests

beech and oak tree

Found on the north end of the Quantock Ridge, come and enjoy glorious views out over the Bristol Channel and across to Exmoor at St Audries. This small wood is not well known by tourists making it a stunning secret get away, perfect for a quiet ride or dog walk. 

Historically, the area formed part of the Quantoxhead Estate and was planted in the late 18th Century. By 1911 the woodland supported 120 fallow and 25 red deer! 

Walking path in autumnal forest

Come and explore this local hidden gem that lies within the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), south west of Bridgewater. 

Aerial view of Bearland Chimney at Chargot Wood

Located in Exmoor National Park, Chargot Wood is a beautiful coniferous woodland that provides a tranquil environment and an exciting range of wildlife. Chargot is also a hub for the West Somerset Mineral Line with a variety of fascinating industrial heritage to explore.

Views from top of hill over Exmoor

Found in the Brendon Hills of Exmoor National Park, just north of the small village of Luxborough, Croydon Hill provides the perfect backdrop for you to enjoy the tranquility of Somerset. 

This coniferous forest has rolling hills for you to explore on foot and you'll be rewarded with stunning natural views over the Bristol Channel and surrounding countryside. 

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