Acomb Wood and Meadow Local Nature Reserve
Acomb Wood Drive
Dringhouses and Woodthorpe
Designated in March 2007, this is York's newest nature reserve. The ten-acres of mixed woodland and ancient meadow is a green oasis in the middle of a large housing estate. Parts of the wood have had a chequered history with plantation planting and periods of neglect. Old ridge and furrow suggest the area was planted with trees in the 18th century, after a time as arable fields.
Across Acomb Wood Drive is West Wood managed by the Woodland Trust. Uncommon woodland wild flowers, including sanicle and twayblade, suggest this is an ancient woodland site.
For more information see our Acomb Wood and Meadow leaflet.
There is a circular walk around the woodland which takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes to complete, ensure you're wearing wellies or walking boots though, as the woodland surface can become very muddy in places, especially after rain in the winter! The footpath is well trodden and easy to follow, and it takes you all the way around the perimeter of the woodland.
Birds - great spotted woodpecker, tree creeper, nut hatch, coal tit, long-tailed tit, robin, thrush, willow warbler, tawny owl.
Butterflies - small skipper, common blue, small copper.
Wildflowers - a wide variety of wildflowers in the Old Hay Meadow.
How to get involved
For more information about the site or how to get involved, contact the Friends of Acomb Wood by telephoning the Parks and Open Spaces team on 01904 553392.
Open access. There are level paths through the main woodland area.
- Travel and parking
Buses run frequently from the city centre. Alight at the Foxwood Lane shops and follow Bellhouse Way to Acomb Wood Drive.
For up-to-date information about local bus routes see the iTravel York website.
There are no council car parks close to this location.
Parking is available at the shopping centre on Acomb Wood Drive.