SERVICE UPDATE - 06/07/20
We are now beginning to reopen Wytham Woods to permit holders, using a booking system. Tickets will be released on Eventbrite roughly one week in advance.
This new booking system will be used, at first, to allow us to manage numbers as we will now be checking permits upon arrival. Managing access in this way places a burden upon our limited staff resources, and for this reason we will, at first, limit our opening days to Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, closing at 5pm.
Please book either a 'morning' ticket (arrival between 10 and 1) or an 'afternoon' ticket (arrive between 1 and 4).
You must be a permit holder in order to visit, as if you do not have both a valid permit and a ticket, we will sadly have to turn you away from the site. (If you apply for a permit now, you will be sent an email version, which will be replaced by a physical permit card in due course.)
For now, you must arrive at (and leave by) the Wytham entrance to the Woods. Please note that an alternative car park will be used - the village recreation ground; so please look out for signs directing you to it.
We hope to return to our usual rules of access as soon as possible and thank you for your cooperation in the meantime. Our usual rules still apply, in particular we remind you that no dogs or cycling are allowed.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Woods!
We are still making areas within Wytham Woods available for school groups to use as outdoor teaching spaces and nature trails, to assist with the return of some pupils to school.
If you are a teacher, please get in touch by email (email@example.com) to discuss; if you know somebody else who is, please spread the word. Visits must be by appointment only, and must keep to specified areas and times for the safety of all concerned.
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.