Great Wood

Visitor information

Located in the heart of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Great Wood has something to offer everyone.

Spend some time exploring the nooks and crannies of the forest and spot a variety of wildlife such as red deer, ravens, buzzards, pied flycatchers, crossbills, and much more. 

At a glance 

  • Walking trail
  • Horse riding 
  • Picnic area
  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

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

Our wide grass meadow is close to the car park. There are tables to choose from or spread your picnic blanket in your favourite spot.

Great Wood has an extensive network of roads and rides to explore. Or follow the waymarked Red Walk for a family-friendly meander through some of Great Wood's most scenic spots.

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.

Nearby forests

beech and oak tree

Found on the north end of the Quantock Ridge, enjoy glorious views over the Bristol Channel and across to Exmoor. 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

Explore this local hidden gem that lies within the Quantock Hills National Landscape, south west of Bridgwater. 

The old oaks and sweet chestnuts create a mosaic of woodland, providing a stunning backdrop for a casual stroll, horse ride or cycle. With paths, streams, hills and views, it can often feel like you have the whole area to yourself.

Aerial view of Bearland Chimney at Chargot Wood

Located in Exmoor National Park just a short drive from Taunton, 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. 

Known locally as a great spot for bird watching, make sure you bring your binoculars and camera to capture the local wildlife! 

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