GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Badger Wood Walk

2 miles (3.2 km)

This walk explores Badger Wood, on the edge of Coton Park in the National Forest, South Derbyshire.
The wood offers a unique blend of natural and industrial vistas, with views extending towards the industrial areas of Burton and Swadlincote as well as the more pastoral Mease Lowlands. This woodland is characterised by a diverse planting scheme, incorporating both broadleaf and coniferous trees, and is bordered by native shrubs. An extensive network of rides and glades enhances the accessibility and enjoyment of the area.
Four wetland habitats have been established within Badger Wood, serving as crucial environments for dragonflies and other insect species. These wetlands contribute to the biodiversity and ecological richness of the woodland.
Efforts to support local wildlife are evident in the installation of bat and bird boxes on the mature trees, promoting roosting and nesting. Additionally, the footpath along the southern boundary of Badger Wood has been upgraded to a bridleway, facilitating a circular ride through the new woodland and improving the overall accessibility for visitors on horseback. This enhancement not only supports recreational activities but also encourages greater exploration and appreciation of the woodland environment.
To continue your walking in the area head west to visit the Rosliston Forestry Centre. The area includes woodland trails, meadows, ponds, lots of butterfliesand some interesting sculptures. There's also cycle trails and the epic National Forest Way to pick up in the park.

Postcode

DE12 6RF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Badger Wood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Badger Wood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Photos

Hill Crest Farm in Badger Wood - geograph.org.uk - 385605

Hill Crest Farm in Badger Wood

Sheep in a field - geograph.org.uk - 385725

Countryside view on the edge of the wood

Footpath to Badger Wood - geograph.org.uk - 385421

Footpath to Badger Wood. The footpath continues along the hedgeline and across the road. Badger Wood itself runs along the left hand side of the path while the right hand side is fields (heading in a North West to South East direction).

Track (footpath) beside Badger Wood - geograph.org.uk - 6200555

Track (footpath) beside Badger Wood

GPS Files

GPX File

Badger Wood.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)