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It is with much regret that we have had to close Wytham Woods for the foreseeable future. Please do not visit.

We are of course devastated to have to close at this time, but the health and well being of our visitors and staff have to be our top priority. Having observed the numbers visiting yesterday, it is clear that social distancing guidelines cannot be maintained.

We hope that, alongside the rest of the country, the harder we work now, the sooner we will be able to resume normal life.

Our sincere apologies to anybody who journeys here only to be turned away, but we hope that you will be understanding and supportive of our decision.

We did not take this decision lightly as we fully understand the value of the Woods in these difficult times.


Wytham Woods were bequeathed to the University in 1943, and are now one of the most studied areas of woodland in the world. The bequest was made by the ffennell family after the death of their only child, Hazel, on condition that the woodlands were also left for the enjoyment of the people of Oxford. A permit system now allows walkers access to over 32 km of footpaths and there are regular guided walks to enable visitors to see and learn about the Woods’ wildlife. To sign up for your permit, simply visit the link on the menu to your left. We remind visitors to read our rules carefully, taking particular note that we do not permit dogs or cycling within the Woods.


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