Paices Wood Country Parkland
Know before you go
Parking informationOff the A340 south of Aldermaston. Follow the brown Country Park signs. There are three car parks.
There are a number of waymarked routes around the reserve.
Routes around the lakes are generally level but there are several steeper routes, particularly through the woodland.
When to visit
Opening timesNov to Feb: 7am-4pm
June to Aug: 7am-10pm
Sept to Oct: 7am-8pm
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Beautiful all year round
In spring bluebells carpet the woodland floor. On sunny days during the summer you can see butterflies such as the common blue fluttering across woodland clearings. Later in the year keep an eye out for fungi such as chicken of the woods springing up on logs and stumps of wood.
Refuge for amphibians
On one side of the lake is a network of ponds and grassland filled with amphibian life.
Seven Lakes Angling run a day ticket fishery in the park. Tickets available on the banks or buy online.
Things to do
Wildlife walks: Orange (approx 3 miles) guides you around different features such as the lakes, woodland and amphibian area. Blue (approx 1.3 miles) concentrates on woodland, ranging from alder coppice in the wet bottom of the valley to sweet chestnut and cherry trees further up the valley.
Paices Wood is managed by the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust alongside the landowner, Young Estates & Land Ltd, on behalf of West Berkshire Council.