Coton Circular walk

This 6-mile walk links six new woodlands in the attractive rural landscape of the Mease Lowlands.

Location Map

Coton in the Elms Derbyshire

Walk type Medium Walks

Points of Interest

Coton Wood was planted on former farmland by the Woodland Trust in 1994. Main species are oak, ash, field maple, hawthorn, cherry and other native trees and shrubs.

Grangewood was planted in 1997 with native trees and shrubs. Walking, riding (by permit) and fishing are all available on the site.

Top Tree Wood and the adjacent Long Close Wood were planted in 1996. An area has been left next to Grangewood Ancient Wood to enable natural regeneration of the existing wood.

Penguin Wood was planted by the Woodland Trust in 2007 and includes a wildflower area created by deep soil inversion, a technique where the topsoil is turned upside down to move less nutrient rich soils to the surface, which benefits wild flowers.

Beehive Farm & Wood includes fishing lakes, trails for walkers, horse riders and the disabled together with a camping and caravanning site, children’s farm and playground, tea room, craft workshops and business units.

The name Coton-in-the-EIms is derived from “all the cottages in the elms”. Sadly, following the outbreak of Dutch Elm Disease in the 1970s, few of the elms which gave the village its name remain.

Hill Close Copse is a 6ha woodland with a wet woodland theme, which was planted in 1999. A new wildlife pond, sedge bed and native black poplars are all features of the site.

Garlands Wood was planted in 2 phases in 1997 and 1999. Planting is a mixture of native broadleaves and conifers, with commercial poplars in the wet areas alongside the Pessall Brook.