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
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