Walking Permit Application

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.



Visitors to Wytham Woods will be asked to show their permit. Permits are free and last three years; you can apply for one using the link below.

Once your permit has expired, please apply for a new one in the same way.

By applying for a permit, you are agreeing to abide by our rules:

  1. No dogs*
  2. No cycling
  3. Permit holders are required to carry their permit
  4. Permit also covers the partner of the person to whom it is issued, and any persons accompanying them. It is not intended to cover parties of more than 6 people. 
  5. Abide to our opening times of 10am until dusk on weekdays. (Weekends dawn until dusk).

Permits may take up to two weeks in busy periods and will be sent by post.** Please note that we are currently only able to send permits to the UK and overseas applications will not be processed.

For access with a wheelchair or large pram, please email the office on wytham.woods@admin.ox.ac.uk to receive necessary gate codes.

*Fully trained working assistance dogs are permitted.

**During the COVID-19 crisis we are issuing Walking Permits in a temporary format via email.

Planned closure dates for essential management work

There are currently no planned closures.




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