There are 216 acres of woodland to perambulate but it is a proper, breath demanding walk to the top, to views that stretch across the Blackmoor Vale to Bulbarrow and then back to the towers of Shaftesbury. A makeshift swing at the top gives a motivating focus to reluctant children and you will always see something unusual – an orchid or rare butterfly.
The time to be there though is April when the wood morphs into a swathe of violet-blue as the bluebells take hold. White wood anemones and acid-yellow aconites punctuate the scene and you could almost believe in fairy folk and sylvan satyrs. But at any time of year Duncliffe wood makes a fantastic destination for dog walkers, photographers or those seeking respite from 21st Century life – and what is more it is always open and always free.
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