Take Dorothy Farrer’s Spring Wood for example; we’ve been through Staveley on our way to Kentmere on many occasions, but I’ve never even noticed the road leading to the woods, never mind the woods themselves.
They’re easy enough to find though, when you’re in Staveley take the road signposted towards Kentmere but then turn right immediately after the paper factory. After you’ve stopped to take a picture of the gorgeous weir, follow the road for ½ mile or so then, not far after a road junction on the left, look for the small layby on the left with a gate and stone stile. There’s only parking enough for a couple of cars so pull well in. Hop over the stile and follow the track to the woods, though do be aware that this track can be a little bit muddy after rain.
As with Barkbooth Lot you have a choice of 2 gates but this time both of them will lead you into the woods. I’d suggest taking the gate on the left and follow the way markers around the reserve. Almost immediately on your left you’ll see a path leading away to a model of an old charcoal kiln, it’s worth visiting as the info boards explain about the history of the woods which were managed in the past as coppiced woodland for the bobbin industry. Plus it’s at the bottom of a very pretty little waterfall which you’ll probably want to photograph.