Carstramon Wood

Carstramon Wood is one of the largest semi-natural broadleaved woodlands in the area. The oak trees were once used for making charcoal and supplying the local mill with bobbins. Nowadays, the trees provide lush conditions for ferns and lichens and breathtaking bluebells in spring.

During May and June, the woodland comes alive with birdsong from redstarts, pied flycatchers, song thrushes, wrens and wood warblers.

A network of maintained paths provides access through the wood and onto the hill beyond.

Further information is available at the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre (open Apr to Oct).

Common hawthorn © Catherine Lee

Why visit?

  • Enjoy the spectacular bluebells
  • Explore the ancient woodland
  • Spot pied flycatcher and redstart
  • Find the charcoal platforms

Best time to visit?

  • May for bluebells
  • May and Jun for breeding migrant birds
  • All year for red squirrels

Visit for:

  • Archaeology
  • Mammals
  • Scenery
  • Wildflowers
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching


From Gatehouse-of-Fleet, take the B796 north. After 2 miles, turn right onto a minor road at Nether Rusko. Follow the road over the Water of Fleet, turn right at the T-junction and parking is available in the layby on the left.

Getting onto the reserve

The main entrance is by the parking layby. Additional access points are present along the minor road and at the top of the reserve.

Getting round this reserve

A network of maintained paths provides access through the wood and onto the hill beyond. The paths are steep in places with some steps, muddy sections and small bridges. Please keep dogs under close control to avoid disturbing wildlife.


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