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

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.

Things to do in Great Monk Wood and Deershelter Plain

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Free parking is available at Wake Valley and Mount Pleasant car parks

Published:
06 July 2016
Last Modified:
29 September 2017

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