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A visit to Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail

A visit to Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail

Last weekend we popped along to the Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail in Oxhey Woods just outside Watford. It’s a place we’ve driven past many times but never had time to explore. The weather was gorgeous and we couldn’t wait to have a walk in the sunshine.

Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail

Oxhey Woods is the largest Local Nature Reserve in the Three Rivers District. Although it’s always lovely to take a walk through the woods we couldn’t wait to walk the circular trail which runs through the southern woodland. Along the route you’ll find a series of sculptures, the work of several artists, made with natural materials and locally sourced wood.

The car park is tiny and in a residential area so I would recommend visiting early in the day before the car park gets full. There are no facilities at the woods.

The walk starts and finishes at the car park. It’s 1 km with plenty of places to stop if you need to. We parked up and set off through the arch to follow the sculpture trail. Everything was well sign posted, and there are several    other walks through the woods.

Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail

The children loved the walk and it was the perfect length for our puppy. The 7 sculptures were easy to find and there were plenty of signs to read more about each one. One of our favourites was the huge carved picture frame.

Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail

There was plenty to see on our walk. Big Brother enjoyed taking photos along the walk.

Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail

There were painted rocks everywhere. This is something that always keeps the kids busy and they loved swapping some of the rocks they found for ones we brought with us. We also did a few geocaches too!

looking for painted rocks Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail

The sculptures ranged from carved animals to a musical xylofence and this fun outdoor living room.

looking for painted rocks Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail

I really liked this amazing bug hotel carved from a single piece of oak.

looking for painted rocks Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail

We really enjoyed our walk round the Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail. There are no refreshments or toilets but it was only 20 minutes from home so this didn’t matter. There’s a rhodedendron walk right through the middle of the sculpture trail so we’re looking forward to going back in Spring to see them in bloom.

The walk took us about an hour with plenty of time to stop and look for geocaches and pick up painted rocks. You could easily combine it with exploring other parts of the wood if you wanted a longer walk.

Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail car park can be found at the junction of Prestwick Road and Oxhey Drive.

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    MissPond
    December 1, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Aren’t these sculptures wonderful! We have something similar near us in the Forest of Dean 🙂 Looks like your little ones had lots of fun!

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    Rebecca Smith
    December 1, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    This looks like such a wonderful place to visit! Pretty local to me too so will definitely check it out!

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