Cowcroft Wood is an ancient wood and is now a nature reserve owned by the Woodland Trust. It is part of a complex of woodland known as Tylers Hill. The clay soil has been worked for three centuries to supply material for the local tile and brickwork's. Oak and beech are predominant but other species include wild cherry, ash, birch, sycamore and hornbeam. The ground flora includes wild orchids, bluebells, male fern and occasional bramble in the more densely shaded areas with ground ivy, lesser celendine, dogs mercury and occasional primroses.
The mining history has resulted in dips and rises across the wood. Local artist, Margaret Taperell, finds this makes it an exciting place to walk as you stumble across these huge hollows, some of which have filled with water and become ponds. If you stand in the base of the hollows when the bluebells are flowering, the sent of the flowers can be overwhelming.
Cowcroft Wood inspired Margaret to create this artwork which won the Judges' Award in the 2008 Special Woods Art Competition:
The undulating surface of the ground has attracts more than just walkers. Sadly the ground is becoming cut up by tyre tracks and the woodland seems to be suffering from the fashion for off-road driving in 4x4 vehicles and trail bikes.
If you would like to explore Cowcroft Walk, you can by following one of the guided walks created by Chesham Community Vision.
Nearest station Chesham (15 mins walk). No parking at site, but nearby.
Dogs allowed under supervision.
No sealed paths.