Visit Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common
Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common
We are open for local people to come and exercise. Local has been defined in the Government’s Tier 5 guidance as ‘staying within your village, town or part of the city where you live’. Visitor numbers to Burnham Beeches are currently unsustainably high and this is causing substantial damage to this unique ancient woodland. To help protect the National Nature Reserve, from 1 February the amount of available car parking will be reduced. Disabled parking will still be available. To discourage casual parking on the highways, and ensure the safety of local residents, Buckinghamshire Council will introduce parking restrictions on local roads. Exercise should be limited to once per day and you should not travel outside your local area.
Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common are located in Buckinghamshire to the West of London and are registered charities. Both sites are Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Burnham Beeches is additionally a National Nature Reserve and Special Area of Conservation: these are internationally important places for wildlife so please take special care when you visit and be mindful of the impact of your visit on the local wildlife. When you visit, you can help the wildlife by keeping to the main paths to reduce trampling, and by remembering that shouting, barking dogs and dogs running widely are very disturbing to birds and mammals. Please ask a Ranger or use the signs on site to understand what you are able to do.
Discover the splendor of the ancient beech pollards, explore the rare and diverse habitats or take in the outstanding natural beauty that surrounds these beautiful, scenic sites.
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Why not leave the car at home and come on foot, cycle or by public transport? Our getting to Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common page has information on different modes of transport and directions.
If you are not able to walk or cycle to Burnham Beeches and want to park on site, the car parks are open from 8am and close at dusk. From Saturday 5 December a new parking system will be in place and a daily parking charge will apply - see our car parking and season ticket page. Parking at Stoke Common is limited to a lay-by with space for just a few cars.
Please see note at the top of this page regarding the current reduction in available car parking at the National Nature Reserve.
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Cyclists and horse riders are welcome at both sites; we encourage visitors to come by bike rather than car. You can enjoy the bridleways which cross Stoke Common but must stick to the tarmac at Burnham Beeches. The very sensitive habitats at both sites can be easily damaged by riding or cycling off of the permitted paths.
Both of these nature reserves have rare and extremely sensitive habitats, so we are sorry but BBQs and fires are not permitted on either site at any time.
There are numerous disabled only parking spaces available at Burnham Beeches. The disabled access page details the facilities available to less mobile visitors.
Dog walkers are welcome at both sites - here are some ways to enjoy your visit:
- do always carry a bag with you and take the waste home or, if at the Beeches, use one of the bins on site
- do always make sure you carry a lead with you
- do ensure that your dog is wearing a collar and tag - if it gets lost it will be much easier for us to reunite you with your dog
- do keep you dog's worming and vaccinations up to date - yours isn't the only dog visiting the site
- do ensure that you keep your dog under effective control - that means in sight at all times and returning when called
- do make sure you know where the Public Spaces Protection Orders apply
- do enjoy walking your dog around these fantastic nature reserves
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) apply at Burnham Beeches at all times. Please visit our Public Spaces Protection Orders page for more information on how and where they apply.
Maps and trails and event diary
We have a selection of maps and trails that can be downloaded from the links below. All our activities for the year can be found in the event diary. If you are a veteran tree enthusiast, the Ancient Tree Forum has created a series of interactive trails including one exploring the Veteran Trees at Burnham Beeches.
Burnham Beeches leaflet and map PDF (2MB)Date submitted: 6/25/20
Leaflet and map about Burnham Beeches
Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common Event DiaryDate submitted: 11/26/20
Annual event diary including details of all walks, events and volunteer tasks. Also includes maps and background information about the Beeches to help you enjoy your visit.
The Burnham Beeches Historical Trail PDF (1MB)Date submitted: 6/25/20
Leaflet explaining some of the history in Burnham Beeches
Burnham Beeches Geology Trail PDF (335KB)Date submitted: 6/25/20
Leaflet and map showing the geological features in Burnham Beeches