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Wytham Woods was gifted to the University in 1942, and are now one of the most studied areas of woodland in the world. The ffennell family made the gift after the death of their only child, Hazel, with the expectation the University would preserve and maintain the Woods, using them primarily for education and research, with a further hope that the woods could be sympathetically enjoyed by the people of Oxford. A permit system now allows walkers access to over 32 km of rides and paths, 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.