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Cowleaze Wood

Photo by John Morris, Chiltern Woodlands projectCowleaze Wood is set high in the Chiltern Hills with amazing views over the surrounding countryside. There is a great mix of habitats in this small wood and plenty of paths to explore. The bluebells in late April and May are like a blue carpet and well worth a visit.


Halifax bomberTragically, on the 31st March 1944 an Halifax bomber LW 579 crashed in the wood.  All seven of the crew died and are remembered in a memorial at the site.  The crew were returning from a bombing raid in Nuremburg along with 1000 other planes.  The night was unexpectedly clear allowing German fighter planes with anti-aircraft guns to attack.

Getting There

Cowleaze Wood has a car park. More information on the Forestry Commission's website


Near Stokenchurch

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