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Slender birches with summer foliage dot the green grass at Deershelter Plain.


Postcodes for car parks near Great Monk Wood and Deershelter Plain are:

Goldings Hill: IG10 2SD
Mount Pleasant: IG10 4HR
Wake Valley Pond: IG10 4AF

Contact us

​Tel: 020 8532 1010

In an emergency, always call 999 first


Great Monk Wood and Deershelter Plain​ are not accessible areas of Forest. Its car parks are uneven, non-paved surfaces and lack disabled bays. The area itself has mostly unmade paths and trails, with some steep slopes; and the area can be muddy

Opening hours

​Great Monk Wood and Deershelter Plain are always open

​Great Monk Wood appears in written history as far back as the 13th Century, and owes its name to Waltham Abbey and Stratford Langthorne Abbey both of which once felled trees here. Across this vast period of time, the lay of the land has remained largely unchanged. Prominent beech pollards dominate the wood alongside oaks, hornbeams and birch.

Toward its north edge, woodland gives way to former heathland in the form of Deershelter Plain, so named for the deer shelter where deer were once fed here through the winter. Deer still roam here today.

Parking info and travel links

Getting here

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Free parking is available at Wake Valley, Goldings Hill and Mount Pleasant car parks.

See our car parks page for more information.

Things to do in Great Monk Wood and Deershelter Plain