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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Gobions Wood is a fascinating reserve, with an unusual history as part of a landscaped “Pleasure Garden”. The reserve is primarily ancient woodland but includes ponds, hedges and grassland areas. Highlights include stunning carpets of bluebells and wood anemones in spring and a wealth of fungi in autumn, with over 550 species being found here. The surrounding grasslands are full of wildflowers and invertebrates in the summer months. Route goes out and back with a short loop at the far end. Surface varies from soft wood-chip to hard, compacted soil to uneven sections with protruded roots. There a many gradients, often over short distances; the steepest are 1.6 (16.7%). Although much of the woodland has slopes and uneven ground, an alternative approach for some visitors might be to access part of the site to get an atmosphere of the ancient woodland and to view some examples of large and impressive redwood and giant sequoia trees amongst other important tree species and good mix of woodland and waterside bird-life.

Surveyed by: Sarah Buckingham, July 2014 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 1.4 km

Public Transport: Brooklands Park Train Station about 1 mile away.
Car Park: Car parking for 20 vehicle; not delineated spaces; no accessible blue badge designated spaces.
Steps: No
Barriers: Yes
Toilets: No

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Car park; 20 bays; no accessible bays.

CarPark Car park; 20 bays; no accessible bays.

Car park surface of small loose stones, occasional large stones.

CarPark Car park surface of small loose stones, occasional large stones.

Several access points into field from car park. Gap is 1.2 metres wide. Short gradient into field 13.7 (9.9%).

Start Several access points into field from car park. Gap is 1.2 metres wide. Short gradient into field 13.7 (9.9%).

Path not marked across open field.

Path Path not marked across open field.

Undulating field with gradients and cambers no greater than 1.20 (5%). Bench in centre of field.

Gradient Undulating field with gradients and cambers no greater than 1.20 (5%). Bench in centre of field.

Distance across grassy field - approximately 200 metres.

Path Distance across grassy field - approximately 200 metres.

Entrance in wood next to fishing pond. Humped surface on entrance.

Path Entrance in wood next to fishing pond. Humped surface on entrance.

Path surface is soft wood-chip, uneven. Survey done in summer when surface was dry. Maybe less secure when wet

Surface Path surface is soft wood-chip, uneven. Survey done in summer when surface was dry. Maybe less secure when wet

Woodland path, gradient not greater than 1.20 (5%).

Path Woodland path, gradient not greater than 1.20 (5%).

Path consistently more than 1.5 metres wide.

Path Path consistently more than 1.5 metres wide.

 

Path

Path deteriorates, signs of large vehicles churning surface.

Surface Path deteriorates, signs of large vehicles churning surface.

 

Path

Several short paths to the right lead to viewing points over the fishing pond.

Viewing Platform Several short paths to the right lead to viewing points over the fishing pond.

Path is occasionally firmer where wood-chips peter out.

Path Path is occasionally firmer where wood-chips peter out.

 

Path

Path continues through wood for around 200 metres. Right turn towards Gobion Wood.

Path Path continues through wood for around 200 metres. Right turn towards Gobion Wood.

Path enters Gobions Wood Nature Reserve.

Gate Path enters Gobions Wood Nature Reserve.

Country gate with   wide and large pen. No accessibility issues.

Gate Country gate with wide and large pen. No accessibility issues.

Path is firm with some loose stones.

Path Path is firm with some loose stones.

Gradient between 1.12 (8.3%) and 1.20 (5.5%).

Gradient Gradient between 1.12 (8.3%) and 1.20 (5.5%).

Wavy bench in rough grass off path; bench is low to the ground.

Seat Wavy bench in rough grass off path; bench is low to the ground.

Gradient continues for 20 metres after right bend. Path has good surface of embedded stone.

Path Gradient continues for 20 metres after right bend. Path has good surface of embedded stone.

Firm path in woodland, three-way divergent paths. Route continues the left.

Direction Firm path in woodland, three-way divergent paths. Route continues the left.

 

Path

Embedded stone in path. Bushes encroach slightly, path still relatively wide, with 1.5m usable path

Path Embedded stone in path. Bushes encroach slightly, path still relatively wide, with 1.5m usable path

Path bends to left; large muddy area engulfs majority of path.

Surface Path bends to left; large muddy area engulfs majority of path.

Path to left ascends steep gradient between 1.6 (16.7%) and 1.9 (11.1%). Bench on level surface at top.

Gradient Path to left ascends steep gradient between 1.6 (16.7%) and 1.9 (11.1%). Bench on level surface at top.

Gradient down after bench not steeper than 1.20 (5%).

Path Gradient down after bench not steeper than 1.20 (5%).

 

Path

Good path continues through woodland for 30 metres.

Path Good path continues through woodland for 30 metres.

Turn right at crossroads. Bridge ahead - route not accessible.

Direction Turn right at crossroads. Bridge ahead - route not accessible.

Stone bridge. Gradient on to and off bridge 1.6 (16.7%).

Gradient Stone bridge. Gradient on to and off bridge 1.6 (16.7%).

Gradient off bridge.

Path Gradient off bridge.

Turn left after bridge, path has slight down gradient greater than 1.12 (8.3%).

Gradient Turn left after bridge, path has slight down gradient greater than 1.12 (8.3%).

Bench at corner overlooking pond.

Seat Bench at corner overlooking pond.

Path after bench is heavily overgrown and boggy and so narrows - usable width 1m.

Surface Path after bench is heavily overgrown and boggy and so narrows - usable width 1m.

Turn right off path up a 1.6 (16.7%) gradient for 2 metres. Path is overgrown, narrowest point is 30cm.

Gradient Turn right off path up a 1.6 (16.7%) gradient for 2 metres. Path is overgrown, narrowest point is 30cm.

Path opens out and is clean and flat.

Path Path opens out and is clean and flat.

Path narrows round tree to one person width, tree roots protrude above surface. Slight bump in path at 1.8 (12.5%) gradient.

Width Path narrows round tree to one person width, tree roots protrude above surface. Slight bump in path at 1.8 (12.5%) gradient.

Path surface strewn with sticks and roots; narrow.

Surface Path surface strewn with sticks and roots; narrow.

Path continues in this poor condition for 20 metres.

Width Path continues in this poor condition for 20 metres.

Route widens and opens out into clear area. Three possible directions - immediate right should be taken.

Direction Route widens and opens out into clear area. Three possible directions - immediate right should be taken.

Large tree branches have been laid on the ground to verge the path, providing clear indication of possible routes through wood.

Path Large tree branches have been laid on the ground to verge the path, providing clear indication of possible routes through wood.

Path still hampered by occasional root growth and boggy ground, however, path width is 2.5 metres so all obstacles are easily negotiable.

Surface Path still hampered by occasional root growth and boggy ground, however, path width is 2.5 metres so all obstacles are easily negotiable.

Gradient not steeper than 1.12 (8.3%). Uneven ground leads up to three-way junction.

Gradient Gradient not steeper than 1.12 (8.3%). Uneven ground leads up to three-way junction.

Take path to the right.

Direction Take path to the right.

Open, flat path for 20 metres.

Path Open, flat path for 20 metres.

Path narrows to 0.5 metre due to plant growth and encroachment.

Width Path narrows to 0.5 metre due to plant growth and encroachment.

Path is open and flat for 30 metres.

Path Path is open and flat for 30 metres.

Path narrows and is dominated by a patch of boggy ground.

Surface Path narrows and is dominated by a patch of boggy ground.

Path is generally clean, some small branches litter the way but no tree roots or major obstacles occur.

Path Path is generally clean, some small branches litter the way but no tree roots or major obstacles occur.

After 20 metres path opens out and the area with the stone bridge is visible, loop is almost complete.

Path After 20 metres path opens out and the area with the stone bridge is visible, loop is almost complete.

Slight down slope leads back to stone bridge. From here route already traversed is traced back to car park.

Direction Slight down slope leads back to stone bridge. From here route already traversed is traced back to car park.

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