Know before you go
Entry feeAll donations are gratefully received.
A network of paths takes you through the reserve to stiles at the wall boundaries onto open access land.
A public footpath from Hutton Roof village takes you through Lowther Court along a track to the nature reserve entrance.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen all year round
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
- Bluebell, wood anemone, wild garlic and primrose blooms cover the woodland floor from April.
- Enjoy the sweet-smelling scent of mezereon in early spring.
- Look out for nuthatch and treecreeper throughout the year.
What makes Park Wood Nature Reserve so special?
Field maple is found here at the northern edge of its range alongside ash and oak, with hazel, holly and hawthorn forming the main scrub species beneath the canopy.
Spindle, crab apple and alder buckthorn provide an early source of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects, as well as a food source for many birds.
Residents include nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, woodcock and tawny owl.
Park Wood Nature Reserve also shares a colony of northern brown argus with Hutton Roof Common, and fritillary butterflies are seen along the woodland edge and rides, together with speckled wood.
Park Wood is leased from Natural England.
From Kirkby Lonsdale follow the A65 towards Kendal. After the petrol station turn left onto Gallowber Lane. Follow this road until you reach the village of Hutton Roof, and at the T junction turn left to Lowther Court (250m) and park in the layby outside the development.
The reserve is 6km/3miles (approx) from Regional Route 90.
By public transport
Buses run from Kendal and Lancaster to Hutton Roof.