Old Park Wood
Know before you go
Parking informationNo official parking. There is limited parking near the allotments on Hill End Road.
Uneven woodland path.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The highlight of the wood is the abundance of flowers in spring. Bluebells form a stunning carpet, along with yellow archangel, lesser celandine, wood anemone and the uncommon coralroot bittercress. Golden saxifrage and marsh marigolds grow on stream banks and around the pond. The wood is rich in invertebrates and birds, including all three British species of woodpecker.
Spring: Blackcap, bluebell, coralroot bittercress, great spotted woodpecker.
Summer: Fly agaric fungi, redwing, tawny owl.
Autumn/ Winter: Brown and migrant hawker dragonfly, speckled wood butterfly.
Site entrance:There are public footpaths to the site’s entrance from
Hill End Road and Bellevue Terrace.
Access by road: From Harefield High Street head north onto Rickmansworth Road. After 0.1 miles turn left onto Hill End Road. The reserve is around 0.2 miles, past Harefield Hospital, along a public footpath on the left.
Access by public transport
Bus: R1, R2, U9 – Harefield Hospital (0.5 miles).
Rail: Northwood Rail Station (3.5 miles).