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Lea & Paget's Wood

One of the finest, ancient, semi-natural broad-leaved woodlands left in the Wye valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


This ancient woodland has a complex structure, with sessile oak as the dominant canopy tree in some places and ash in others. Carpets of bluebells with wood anemone, primrose and yellow archangel make a spectacular sight in spring. Birdlife is abundant with all three species of woodpecker appearing here. The wood is also an excellent place for mammals, including dormouse, woodmouse, yellow-necked mouse and bank vole.

Lea & Paget's Wood is part of the Woolhope Dome Living Landscape - click here for more information.

Directions to Lea & Paget’s Wood from Hereford


  • Leave Hereford on the B4224 and follow this road through Fownhope village.
  • As you are leaving the village, take a left turn up Hawkers Lane.
  • As you come to the crest of the hill (passing the junction with Common Hill Lane on your left) there is a footpath sign on the right, opposite a cottage on the left. This is the footpath leading to Lea & Paget’s Wood.
  • There is a lay-by just a little further on with room to park.

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Common Hill
1 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Wessington Wood & Pasture
1 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Rudge End Quarry
1 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Lea and Paget's Wood
Map reference
SO 593 345
Great for...
geological interest
historical interest
spring flowers
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Opening Times
Open at all times
10.90 hectares

Walking information
The low-lying main track seems to remain permanently damp and can be very muddy and treacherous in places in winter. Take extra care in the vicinity of the old quarry in Church Wood. This is partly fenced off, but there are still unguarded near-vertical drops.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01432 356872