Travel just a mile from the city centre and you can find yourself in the middle of this beautiful area, notable for both its exciting woodland to explore, its jaw-dropping viewpoints, its vast range of wildlife, and its historical features. This city gem is ideal for a short walk or a whole day out. There are both large areas of wood and big open grassland spaces, and lots of places to lose yourself in wildlife!
Colwick Woods is managed by Nottingham City Council with the Friends of Colwick Woods.
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Just a mile from the city centre and you find yourself in the middle of this beautiful historic area. The web of pathways mean that one minute you can be deep within the ancient woodland, and the next you can be strolling by the huge open grasslands. The combination of the two mean it’s a perfect place for walking and spotting wildlife.
Visitors can see colourful wildflowers such as lords and ladies, bluebells and foxgloves on the woodland floor, and woodpeckers and birds of prey flying among the trees.
The woods used to be part of the grand Colwick Hall estate, and you’ll still be able to see the old ice house that was used to store food for the Hall itself.
Colwick Woods is a very important site for wildlife, and has been designated a Local Nature Reserve (LNR). It also contains an official Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) - one of a very small amount in Nottingham City.
Colwick Woods has an incredibly active group of volunteers called the 'Friends of Colwick Woods', who are involved in helping to care for the reserve, organising activities and seeking funding for improvements. The Friends of Colwick Woods welcome new members - they meet monthly on a Monday evening. See the Friends of Colwick Woods website for more information.
There is also more information on Colwick Woods on Nottingham City Council's Parks and Open Spaces webpage.
Colwick Woods is managed by Nottingham City Council with the Friends Of Colwick Woods.
Colwick Cutting cliff face is a geological SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). It is officially recognised as special because it is one of a network of geological sites from the Triassic age (this means they are 200-250 million years old!). The rocks are sandstone and mudstone, formed in the incredibly hot, dry and hostile environment which existed here so many, many years ago!.
For more information on this geological wonder, see the Friends of Colwick Woods webpage
Walk across the open grassland towards the south of the site and the view suddenly opens up and you can literally see for miles, across Colwick Country Park, to West Bridgford, Clifton and beyond. Best seen for yourself - a proper 'must-do' in Nottingham City.
Colwick Woods has large areas of deciduous woodland, with lots of different tree species. Parts are even classified as 'ancient' which means there has been woodland here since before 1600 (and probably longer)!
Upon entering this woodland it is very hard to remember how close the city is! You will see many different trees around you, like oak, ash, sycamore, beech, wild cherry and field maple. Birds such as kestrels, jays, and woodpeckers, as well as smaller birds like bullfinches, dunnocks and nuthatches are often seen in the woodland. A full list of the wildlife found here is on the Friend of Colwick Woods website
Colwick Woods has an impressive grassland and wildflower area. You can see flowers such as birds-foot trefoil, yarrow, agrimony and cleavers. The wildflowers are really important to provide nectar for the wild bees that live in the woods. A full list of the species can be found from the Friends of Colwick Woods
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There is a less well known, second viewpoint at Colwick Woods - that looks out towards Sneinton and the city centre - you can see the windmill, all the tall office blocks of the city and the hustle and bustle that goes with it. It may take a bit more of an explore, but find this spot once and you will keep going back!
To enter Colwick Woods from the Sneinton/west end of the site, there is a set of steps at the top of Sneinton Boulevard (next to the school).
There is an entrance to the south end of Colwick Woods directly from Colwick Road, to the west of the train crossing.
There is an old house in the midst of the woodland, thought to have been part of the Colwick Hall Estate which once would have owned all the land. This ice house is currently not accessible for health and safety reasons, but the Friends of Colwick Woods are continuing research into the structure and one day hope to restore it. For more information on the ice house see the Friends of Colwick Woods information
The NCTX Red line bus number 43 will take you along Greenwood Road - alight near the Academy to get to the reserve.