Hagg Wood

Visitor information

Found to the east of Dunnington, York, Hagg Wood has plenty of wonderful wildlife and flowers for you to discover

Home to foxes, deer, badgers and many woodland birds, Hagg Wood provides the perfect woodland visit for any wildlife enthusiast! At different times of the year you can hear the call of woodpeckers, wood pigeons and cuckoos. 

It's also a great place to spot bluebells in spring, as well as primroses, yellow pimpernel, wood anemone and dog violets, which you'll find growing along the woodland rides and clearings.

An interesting ancient history

In the Domesday Book of 1086 Hagg Wood was recorded as woodland pasture. It supported livestock and the woodland floor was covered in grassland. The wood has been managed for a variety of products, according to the needs of the time, including timber for building, forage for animals and shelter for game. After being heavily felled for timber during the Second World War it was replanted by Forestry England in the 1950s.

We now manage the wood in consultation with the Friends of Hagg Wood. The long-term objective is to restore the wood as native semi-natural woodland, including oak and other broad-leaved trees and native woodland shrubs, as well as maintaining some of the larger conifers. 

At a glance

  • Walking trails 
  • Beautiful flower displays 
  • Dogs welcome 

Things to do

Walking in Hagg Wood is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

The woodland has a variety of public footpaths for you to explore. 

Nearby forests

Field of purple orchids in the sun

Wheldrake Wood is a fantastic place to escape the everyday bustle of York and stretch your legs with a woodland walk. With an abundance of wildlife, mixture of trees and network of informal paths, Wheldrake Wood is the place to go for your next outdoor adventure. 

Starting from Broad Highway Car Park, you can choose to stay on the main path or for the more adventurous, explore further by branching off on smaller trails.

A sparse woodland with blue skies behind. On the forest floor is brown bracken.

The area is very flat making it great if you want an easy stroll through the peaceful woodland. It is also very popular with wildlife experts, especially entomologists looking for insects! Adders can also be found in the woodland. They are shy and not easily seen, so if you spot one, you should count yourself very lucky! Watch out for them sunbathing on grassy banks, rocks or tracks from mid-morning until early afternoon from spring through to Autumn.

A view across an open valley with small villages and towns in the distance. With tops of trees in the foreground

Experience stunning views and visit the iconic Kilburn White Horse at Kilburn Woods.

Kilburn White Horse is the most northerly turf-cut figure in Britain and one of the most famous landmarks in North Yorkshire. It's easily visible from the south, below Sutton Bank, and while it's difficult to get a sense of its scale from the path on the escarpment edge above, there are steps down the side which give a closer view.

A line of conifer trees in front of a vast forest covered in mist.

Home to over 8,500 acres of breath-taking views, endless walking, running and cycle trails and Gruffalo adventures, a great day out awaits at Dalby Forest.

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