Lady's Wood

This small reserve acts as a gateway to the wild landscape of Dartmoor. Bluebells and dormice are the stars of our oldest nature reserve.


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
A static map of Lady's Wood

Know before you go

3 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

A short circular walk take 30-40 minutes. Benches along the way.


Paths can be muddy in parts.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to October

About the reserve

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.

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

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 in a nest

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 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 hectres 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.


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.

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