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Bessels Leigh Wood, Appleton, Oxfordshire Street MapGoogle Map

Bessels Leigh Wood
Managed by:Vale of White Horse District Council, Oxfordshire Woodland Project
OS grid reference:SP 449 014
Nearest Postcode:OX13 5QB

Bessels Leigh Wood is ancient woodland that was purchased by the Vale of White Horse District Council in 1999 in order to preserve the habitat and for the benefit of the public. The woodland is well known for the carpets of bluebells in spring. Hazel is coppiced at the site.


From Oxford head West along the A420 towards Swindon. Continue along the A420 through Bessels Leigh. Take a right just before the road become a dual carriageway with the two directions separated by a grassy embankment. Bessels Leigh Wood is at the end of this road. If you miss the turning, carry on until Turbney Wood Roundabout that leads to the A338, and backtrack along the A420 so that the turning to Bessels Leigh Wood is the first on your left.

Please Note: Public access to the wood is by footpath from Appleton