Sculpture Trail - Oxhey Woods

A Hidden Gem

sculpture-trail-oxhey-woods-2.jpgOxhey Woods Local Nature Reserve in South Oxhey, Watford, consists of approximately 100 hectares of principally, ancient semi-natural woodland, much of which has been wooded since the last ice age some 10,000 years ago.

The woods contain a number of walking routes ranging in difficulty, but the highlight is a one kilometre easy access trail. The trail which is circular, starts and finishes in the car park and is ideal for a family visit. On arrival you will be greeted by a striking carved archway to welcome you to the trail and upon closer inspection, you will notice an array of intricately carved tiny creatures designed by local children. As you walk along the trail you will discover numerous sculptures created using natural materials and that reflect the wildlife and history of the woods.

The woods contain a range of habitats which make it one of the most important woodlands in the county. Within its bounds can be found spring displays of bluebells, anemones and violets plus the unusual wild service tree. The smallest Britain’s bat ‘pipistrelle bat’ is a common site at Oxhey Woods.

Satisfaction Survey

Visitor opinions are very important to Three Rivers District Council.  Feedback helps to ensure that the Council works towards providing the quality and facilities expected by visitors.  Would you like to have your views heard?  Well now's your chance.  Complete the online Oxhey Woods survey here and help the Council improve your local open space.  Paper copies of the survey are available upon request by phoning the Council on 01923 776611.  There is no closing date - results will be reviewed throughout the year and appropriate actions put in to place.

How to get there?

By Road: There is a car park in the southern part of the woods at the junction of Prestwick Road and Oxhey Drive.

By Bus: There are regular buses along Prestwick Road, Sandy Lane and Oxhey Drive. Contact Traveline on 0871 2002233 or

By Rail: Oxhey Woods are a 15 minute walk from Carpenders Park Station. Turn left out of the station car park and take the next right onto Oxhey Drive. Continue up Oxhey Drive until you reach the woods.

Tour and Background of the Oxhey Woods




 Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail Leaflet (pdf)