Spreading trees: Britain's leafiest regions - and the best woods to visit

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Glen Finglas, Stirlingshire

A 10,000-acre Trossachs jewel within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, on the southern edge of the Highlands and renowned for its mountain, loch and woodland scenery.

North East

Pontburn Woods, near Durham

A mosaic of broadleaf and conifer woodland, 272 acres stretching from the River Derwent south towards Dipton.

Yorkshire & Humberside

Hackfall, near Ripon, North Yorkshire

A wild wood set in 350 ft gorge, near Fountains Abbey, a beautiful 110-acre expanse of grottos, surprise views, glades and rustic temples

North West

Great Knott, Cumbria

Great Knott Wood covers 85 acres on the south west shore of Lake Windermere, within the Lake District National Park.

East Midlands

Everdon Stubbs, Daventry, Northants

Documented since the 10th Century, the wood extends to 72 acres and is a designated site of Special Scientific Interest

East of England

Tring Park, Hertfordshire

Dating back to 1066, 261 acres of open areas dotted with large trees, chalk grasslands and wide range of wildlife and plants


Joydens Wood, Dartford

Joydens Wood, located on the south-eastern edge of London - only 13 miles from the city centre - hilly with a main valley.


Hucking Estate, Hollingbourne

Nestling in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONW), a 580-acre rolling tapestry of bluebell wood and pastureland

South West

Bovy Valley Woods, Dartmoor, Devon

A beautiful network of three woods characterized by old meadows, ancient trees and babbling brooks, a total of 215 acres of picture-postcard scenery.

West Midlands

Credenhill Park Wood, Herefordshire

Ancient woodland covering 225 acres, located within the Hereford Hills, with steep slopes complete with ancient hill fort


Wentwood, Newport

A thousand acres of woodland, Wentwood is dominated by conifers, some of which were among the first of that species to be planted in the united kingdom, in the early 1700s.


Monkstown Wood, Newtownabbey

A blend of mature wood and oak, ash, rowan, alder, wild cherry and scots pine species planted in 2000, this is a small gem wedged between industrial buildings and a river.