North Cliffe Wood

North Cliffe Wood

Route: North Cliffe Wood 

Area:  East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 23rd October 2023

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.5 miles

Ascent: nil

Weather: Mostly sunny 

North Cliffe Wood Nature Reserve is managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is worth a visit at any time of year. 

The wood is well known for its carpet of bluebells in late April and early May (click here for a visit during bluebell season). Grass snakes emerge from hibernation and may be spotted basking in sunny glades or the edges of paths. Last time I was here there was a hoar frost, making for magical conditions (follow the link to see why). This is a walk which is enjoyable in all seasons – today the autumn colours were the main attraction

This is a good place for bird watchers – from spring and into summer migrant warblers, chiffchaff and blackcap add their songs to the resident species, such as treecreepers, great spotted and green woodpeckers. In recent years, woodlark has colonised the woods

During autumn flocks of siskin feed on the birch and alder seeds. Fallow deer and red deer may also be seen here

The wildlife highlight today was the spiders’ webs – every leaf and twig was festooned with them

The reserve is open at all times. There is no fee but note that dogs are not permitted. There are a few roadside parking spaces along Sand Lane by the two entrances to the wood and we parked in one of these. A grassy path leads around the reserve, with options to take a short cut before arriving at the heathland area. The maps page shows the shorter route but if time permits it’s best to include the heathland area and additional woodland. Navigation isn’t an issue as the paths are obvious

A route description isn’t necessary, so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves…

Click on the icon below for the route map (subscribers to OS Maps can view detailed maps of the route, visualise it in aerial 3D, and download the GPX file. Non-subscribers will see a base map)

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