Plan your visit
- April-September - open at weekends and Bank Holidays only, 10am-4pm. Closed and locked outside of these times.
- October-March - closed and locked at all times.
Nature reserve: open to pedestrians at all times.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
Guided walks is closed
How to get here
Gloucester is the nearest train station. A four mile walk on a public footpath via Over and Highnam avoids roads.
The bus stop is Highnam Woods. From Gloucester, take the number 33 or 24 (Monday-Saturday), or 325 (Sunday only) Call Traveline on 0871 2002233 for further information.
Gloucester. A Sustrans route passing close to the reserve is proposed. National Cycle route 42 goes to Highnam Village.
Please note parking is only available for events and for groups by prior arrangement with reserve staff. Situated 3.75 miles (6 km) west of Gloucester. Take the A40 west from Gloucester signposted to Ross. Proceed along A40 for 1.25 miles, go straight on at the roundabout and continue towards Ross for 0.6 mile. The reserve is on the right. Nearest postcode: GL2 8AA
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Information for dog owners
Please keep your dog under close, effective control at all times, due to the sensitive wildlife and habitats here. We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife.
Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog under close, effective control.
• Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Groups welcome for guided or self guided visits, please contact reserve staff for more information.
Contact Highnam Woods
- RSPB Highnam Woods, A40, Highnam, GL2 8AA
- 01594 562852