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Lewis Carroll Centenary Wood

Difficulty
Easy
Distance
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
Time
30m
Start
Wood entrance, Higher Lane, near Dutton
Map
OS Explorer 267 Northwich & Delamere Forest
Terrain
Mostly level but with unsurfaced paths
Barriers
One kissing gate
Accessibility
Category 5 Explain
Toilets
None
Contact

The Woodland Trust: 01476 581135

This hectare of woodland was created in 2000 by the Woodland Trust to commemorate the life and work of the much-loved Cheshire author Lewis Carroll. The planting marked the centenary of his death, and was supported by the Lewis Carroll Birthplace Trust, which focuses on the nearby village of Daresbury where the writer was born. Donations also came from across the world via a web page, and local people were involved in the design and subsequent planting of the new woodland.

The wood comprises two blocks of new native woodland separated by a ride that opens on to a low meadow. A new wetland scrape has been created at the eastern end of the meadow. To the west a seat is provided along with a Millennium Feature comprising a circular stand of six oaks and a stone tablet featuring Carroll's signature. The new plantings comprise a mix of English oak, ash, alder, silver birch, blackthorn, hawthorn, dog rose and hazel.

  1. Head into the woodland along the mown pathway.

  2. At the clearing, do a loop and return to the entrance.