College Wood

A waymarked trail through College Wood, near to the village of Studley, perfect for a stroll at any time of the year. Planted in 2013, the route takes in views towards both Spernall Park and Studley Castle, the former college and now country house hotel, and passes by the mature woodland known as Studley Thorns.

How to get there

The start / finish point for this walk is:

Address: Castle Road, Studley, B80 7AB
OS Grid Ref: SP 08222 63726
What3Words: ///until.tooth.sooner

The nearest Forest car parks can be found at either Haydon Way Wood or Morgrove Coppice both which offer public footpath access to College Wood

Facilities and access

Easily accessed from Studley via Castle Road or public footpaths across The Park or from Morgrove Coppice. This walk starts from outside the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This walking route has no stiles, steps, gates or bridges.

The nearest Forest car parks can be found at either Haydon Way Wood or Morgrove Coppice both which offer public footpath access to College Wood

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Distance
1.4 miles
Difficulty
Easy
Start/finish
Cemetery outside the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Terrain
Clearly marked woodland paths following the arrows

Begin walk

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1. Follow the public footpath through the cemetery until you exit into the new plantation beyond.
Footpath through an open area of the Forest with a hedge on the right hand side and a waymarker post.
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2. Bear slightly left out of the cemetery and turn immediately right, keeping the hedgerow to your right, and the young broadleaf plantation to your left, and continue along this path.
A continuing footpath through open land with a waymarker on the left alongeside a hedgerow.
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3. As you reach the top of a low rise, you will see a pond to your left. Continue along the same route until you reach an inter-section of path.
A view from the top of a low rise looking downhill with trees lining the left handside.
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4. Having passed through the access gap in the hedgerow, turn sharply right and follow this narrower track as it curves around to the left and begins to follow the course of Morton Brook.
An intersection of paths at the bottom of a hill, with trees ahead and to the left and a waymarker in the bottom right corner.
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Permissive footpath link to Haydon Way Wood - During this next stretch of path, there is an option to leave College Wood at the waymarked route to visit Haydon Way Wood. Follow the white permissive markers indicating the route on the right.
A bridge in the foreground leading to a gate, which leads in to an open field. The track is sandwiched by hedges.
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5. Take a sharp left turn at the next way-marker. Here you should first glimpse the grand façade of Studley Castle before you in the distance.
There's a waymarker on the right handside directing the public to take a left turn. There are trees in the background and to the left.
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Public footpath link to Morgrove Coppice – Rather than turn sharp left, there is an option to leave College Wood and the waymarked route to visit Morgrove Coppice. Continue straight along the track following the public footpath.
There's a bridge in the foreground leading to a gate with trees to the left and right of the path.
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6. Turn left along the broad forest ride, keeping the mature oak tree and the castle to your right, and continue straight.
An open field with a large oak tree on the right and a glimpse of Studley Castle in the background.
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7. You will now have arrived back at the same intersection of paths mentioned in step 3. This time, turn right. Follow the path as it skirts the edge of this mature wood, keeping the tall trees to your left.
An intersection of paths with a waymarker pointing right in the right hand corner.
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8. At the next way marker, turn right and with your back to the trees of Studley Thorns head along the path where you will soon see a pond on your left-hand side. Follow this path as it winds around the pond.
A path running straight ahead and adjacent to a woodland on the left hand side with a waymarker on the right.
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Look out for the pond on your left for a fantastic view with Studley Thorns Wood in the background.
A view of a large pond with Studley Thorns Wood in the background.
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9. When you arrive once more at the outer edge of Studley Thorns, turn right and you will soon emerge from the forest into a broad open field. Turn left and follow the path west as it skirts the edge of Studley Thorns, keeping the castle to your right.
A waymarker on the right hand side pointing left towards the path, where there is a line of trees either side.
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Look out for Studley Castle on your right as you walk to the next point, the views are stunning.
Studley Castle on the right hand side with an open field in front of it, and large trees following the path on the left.
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10. Turn left again at the corner of Studley Thorns and follow the path as it passes through a gap in the hedge. Then bear right and head through the young plantation where you will see the square tower of the Norman church on the horizon.
An open field to the right and a waymarker to the left, directing the continuation of the path to the left.
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11. Continue on this path through the plantation and cross over the bridge that runs through the gap in the hedge. Turn left and follow the ride for a short distance until you see a signpost for the ‘Phoenix Way’.
A wooden bridge over a brook with hedges either side.
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12. Turn sharply right at this sign and continue along the ride where you will soon see the gates of the cemetery.
An open field with a waymarker on the left hand side inidicating the path continues to the right.
End! Well done