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Lady's Wood

A wonderful woodland lying on a gentle north facing slope above the Glaze Brook. The nature reserve holds a wonderful bluebell display each spring and is a stronghold for the hazel dormouse.

This was Devon Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve and remains one of its loveliest.


Gifted to the Trust in 1961 by the eminent naturalist HG Hurrell Lady's Wood is a small mixed woodland bordered by the Glaze Brook on one side and open pastures on the other. It is approached under a grand viaduct which carries Brunel's Great Western Railway high above.


Dormouse curled up asleep

Hazel dormouse. Photo: Danny Green


Two treasures

Lady's Wood is best-known for two things. First is its display of bluebells which light up the path which circuits the nature reserve each spring.  


Second is its dormice. Today specially trained and licensed volunteers continue to monitor the good local population in the UK's longest running study of these wonderful little rodents.   


Make your visit into a bigger adventure

Lady's Wood is only small and at 4 hectare will only take you 40 mins to walk around. However it does sit close to the open landscape of Dartmoor and makes a great place to begin a longer stroll. You can begin to explore this wonderful part of South Devon starting at the nature reserve by using our 4.5 mile long Lady's Wood Wild Walk


What a gift

Lady's Wood was one person's (HG Hurrell) gift to Devon Wildlife Trust. Nearly 60 years on and this act of generosity continues to make a difference for people and wildlife. To find out more about leaving your lasting legacy click here  

Species and habitats

Hazel dormouse, Nuthatch

Nearby nature reserves

Andrew's Wood
5 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Higher Kiln Quarry
6 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
New England Wood
6 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Southern edge of Dartmoor. Follow a minor road from South Brent towards Cheston/Wrangaton. A track to the reserve leads on the right from this road after Glazebrook Court.
South Brent
TQ10 9JE
Map reference
SX 688 591
Best time to visit
Mar - Oct
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Opening Times
Open at all times
3.00 hectares
Paths can be muddy in parts.
Walking information
A short circular walk take 30-40 minutes. Benches along the way.
Small pull in at beginning of track leading to the reserve
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Devon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01392 279244