Oxleas Woods

Shooters Hill, SE18 3JA



Oxleas WoodsThe 77 hectare Oxleas Woods to the north of Eltham is, along with neighbouring Jack Wood and Castle Wood, part of Shooters Hill Woodlands. The name 'Oxleas' comes from the Saxon word for 'pasture for oxen' which gives a clue as to its former use. The area includes ancient woodland some of which is at least 8000 years old, dating from the Ice Age. Trees from here were used in Woolwich and Deptford Dockyards for ship-building, and may have been used for ships which fought in the Battle of Trafalgar. The woodlands today are dominated by tall oak, hazel and sweet chestnut trees. Ash and silver birch also common, with some wild service trees, hornbeam and hazel. The foliage provides a home for woodpeckers, chiffchaff, nuthatches, tree creepers and wood warblers. In the 1980s, Oxleas Woodlands were threatened by a new road development. After a widespread local and national protest, the proposals were dropped. It was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1984. Taking the Green Chain Walk you can stroll from here via the Thames Barrier and Erith to Crystal Palace Park.


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Railway Stations

Railway Stations

Falconwood Railway Station
15 minutes walk
Eltham Railway Station
21 minutes walk
Car Parks

Car Parks

Greenwich Car Parking Services
25 minutes walk

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Sights and Attractions near Oxleas Woods

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Oxleas Woods
Severndroog Castle
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Castle Wood, Shooters Hill, SE18 | 6 minutes from Oxleas Woods
This tower in Jack Wood and Oxleas Wood gets its name - Severndroog or Suvarnadurg meaning 'Golden Fortress' - from the fort off the Malabar Coast ... More

Pubs near Oxleas Woods

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Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Trafalgar Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
Park Row, SE10 | 3.3 miles from Oxleas Woods
The pub achieved notoriety selling whitebait (still on the menu) but now the Trafalgar Tavern is a refreshment point for the capital's many visitors. It's hardly ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Royal Albert
London > Nightlife > Pubs
460 New Cross Road, Deptford, SE14 | 4.1 miles from Oxleas Woods
Freehouse very well received by the locals who include Goldsmith's Art College students and indie kids. Under its previous guise (as the Paradise Bar), Bloc Party, ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Amersham Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
388 New Cross Road, SE14 | 4.2 miles from Oxleas Woods
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