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Langley Wood; ancient oak forest not far from London

Langley Wood is not far from London, north of Southampton and  in the northern part of the New Forest. It  is an ancient oak forest.

Left to grow in its natural state is now home to a large amount of lichen  and five different types of deer who can roam and reproduce (including fallow and roe deer) and can easily go from this wood to the New Forest.

Langley Wood is home to a great variety of fauna and flora and is worth a visit at any time of year. In spring there is no shortage of beautiful butterflies and wildflowers.

Photo: © Copyright David Martin and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

In summer you will have the chance to meet several birds and autumn  offers all the beauty of the changing forest. Although the majority of the trees are oaks, you will also find several types of conifers, maples and walnuts. And even beech trees.

Among the birds that you can see find, there is the buzzard, sparrow hawk, warbler, redstart, wood warbler, woodcock and the famous woodpecker that if you are lucky you can hear before you even see it. The fact that the forest has been left to develop and grow naturally attracts many different types of birds. 

You can stroll along the Langley Wood  following one of the many trails that allow you to explore it to the fullest.

How to get to Langley Wood?

If you have your own transportation is also not difficult to get there from anywhere in England.

Langley Wood

If you have to rely on public transport the nearest train station is  Brockenhurst and from there you can take the Direct X70 bus to Salisbury just off after Landford Methodist Chapel and take bus 39 to Romsey and get off right after the first stop after the Cuckoo Inn. From here you have to get to the woodland walk is about 25 minutes of pleasant road.

Photo: © Copyright Stuart Logan and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

If you go to the New Forest, try to spend at least a few days, there is so much to see!