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Oxleas Wood, London

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Oxleas Wood is one of the few remaining areas of ancient deciduous forest in Eltham in the Royal Borough of Greenwich (with a small amount passing over the boundary into the London Borough of Bexley), in southeast London. Some parts date back over 8,000 years to the end of the last Ice Age, the Younger Dryas. It is part of a larger continuous area of woodland and parkland on the south side of Shooter's Hill: other parts are Jack Wood, Castle Wood, Oxleas Meadows, Falconwood Field, Eltham Common and Eltham Park North (the latter being divided by the A2 main road from its southern section). Eltham Park North includes the ancient Shepherdleas Wood. It is also home to Severndroog Castle.
In 1311, the Royal manor of Eltham was established and this included the woods. The woods were leased to Sir John Shaw, 2nd Baronet, from crown occupation in 1679. His family managed them until 1811, when they were taken over by the War Department. The woods were then acquired by the London County Council for the use of public recreation in 1930, and then opened to the public in 1934. Ownership then passed from the Greater London Council to the Borough of Greenwich on abolition of the GLC in 1986.
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  • Can walk for miles through these ancient woodlands. Largely untouched by modern life. Really relaxing and tranquil area to wander.  more »
  • A great place to walk in peace. Very popular with dog walkers but they seem responsible in cleaning up mess. Once in wood it seems impossible to believe you are in London.  more »
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  • Absolutely fantastic, great woodland area with a fabulous meadow. The Severndroog Castle offers an amazing view of London and the cafe on top of the main heath is lovely with even some live entertainment on a Sunday. Really a perfect getaway not far out of the city. In fact, forget I said anything, prefer to keep it a bit tucked away and not at all crowded.
  • Lovely well shaded wood (good thick canopy) great for a walk with the children or the dog when the sun's blazing. Please be mindful of the busy road (welling way) when out with the little ones or the dog. It comes up suddenly if you haven't quiet got your bearings. Also noticed some signage about knotweed and how it can irritate skin but this area was taped off and signs clearly visible. Enjoy :)
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