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Micheldever Wood

Micheldever, Hants

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Micheldever Wood is 5 miles northeast of Winchester, bordering the M3, in fact the M3 goes through it at points. It is predominantly a beech wood with some conifer interspersed, with many species of wild flowers and associated butterflies and dragonflies. A number of paths make their way through the wood.  It is managed today by the Forestry Commission.

In April and May a spectacular and very popular display of Bluebells, in the spring, carpet the woodland floor beneath the brilliant green of newly emerged beech leaves. Both roe deer and fallow deer are to be found in the woods as well as the usual woodland birds and insects.

There are several sites of archaeological interest on a waymarked trail from Northington Lane including an ancient bronze age burial mound and several Iron Age earthworks, like the early Bronze Age bowl Barrow and the Banjo Enclosure . There are information boards at the sites to inform you of the Bronze Age History and settlements.

Beech woods are an ideal environment for Bluebells as they cast a heavier shade making the woodland floor relatively free of undergrowth, they survive because they do most of their growing before the trees come into leaf. This means they have less competition and are free to dominate the forest floor. With this proliferation of blue occasionally you may spot an rogue white bluebell head, so keep an eye out for this.

View from atop the Bronze Age barrow on the western edge next to the Motorway. The southern part of the woods amongst the beech trees.
  Photographed by: Jim Champion   Photographed by: Jim Champion

Near the Edge of Micheldever Wood on the Eastern Boundary

OS Map showing position of Wood

  Photographed by: Jim Champion


Nearby Micheldever is a village of Chocolate Box half timber framed cottages with whitewash walls and thatched roofs.

Its local church as a 16th century tower and a central brick octagon structure that was built around 1800. See more about the church here.

Further information Grid


Micheldever Woods, Hants

Ceremonial County: Hants

Grid Reference:

SU534374  Landranger Map: 185 

Map Link:


Aerial photo: Google Map



Best Times to Visit:

End of April into May for Bluebells or during the autumn for the leaf colours.




Micheldever Woods

Other useful websites:

UK Attraction

The Modern Antiquarian

Nearby Locations: Micheldever Village
Other Relevant pages:  


Planning Grid


Micheldever Woods, Hants

Grid Reference:


Getting there:

Leave Me at junction 9, take the A33 towards Basingstoke. After 4 miles turn right into a small road signposted Northington. After a mile arrive at car park on the left.


From car park walk straight into woods


Car Park at entrance to wood


There is a waymarked trail from the car park, which takes about 30 minutes, which takes you to archaeological sites. Picnic area

Things To Do, See and Photograph:

Carpets of bluebells, Crown Vetch and other wild flowers, beech trees and other woodland nature and wildlife.

What to take:

lenses suitable for landscapes and close ups, poloriser, tripod. Picnic

Nature highlights:

Bluebells during April and May each year


Northington Lane

Near Winchester





01420 520212

Opening times:

All year round



Photo Restrictions:


Other Restrictions: None
Special Needs Access:  
Special Needs Facilities:  
Children Facilities:  
Dogs Allowed: Yes, but keep on lead so not to destroy the bluebells

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By: Tracey Park Section: Nature Key:
Page Ref: Micheldever_woods Topic: Woodlands and Forests  Last Updated: 04/2009


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