Crab Wood is a fine example of Ancient Woodland. It is a popular place to relax and view woodland wildlife.
It is a Local Nature Reserve, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Over 80 hectares (200 acres) of broadleaved woodland, hazel coppice with oak/ash overstorey, and rich with woodland flowers.
Map and directions
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Crab Wood is 4km west of Winchester, along Sarum Road, the old Roman road to Salisbury Grid ref SU 433 293. From the Winchester/Romsey road (A3090/B3040) 1km from City centre, find Chilbolton Avenue (B3041). Turn west up Sarum Road, past private hospital and golf course.
At cross-roads with large beech tree, drive straight on to the car park 100 m. Alternatively, travel through Sparsholt village from the Winchester/Stockbridge road (B3049, formerly the A272), once out of the narrow road through the woods, turn right at the cross-road, then 100m to car park. The nearest bus service is to Sparsholt village