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THE WITCHES' TREES OF GROVELY WOODS

Deep in the ancient woods of Grovely are three huge beech trees, which are said to mark the burial sites of women who were killed for 'witchcraft' in the 18th century. Decorated with emblems, gifts and other assorted offerings, a visit to these trees combines local folklore with a peaceful walk in the woods.


A huge, dark beech tree in a wood.

Grovely Woods is one of the largest woodlands in Wiltshire, standing on a chalk ridge near the River Wylye. It has a long history going back to the Iron Age, with both Iron Age and Roman artefacts found in the area, as well as settlements and hillforts nearby.


A long Roman road runs through the woods, flanked by an avenue of beech trees and ferns, creating an atmospheric landscape for a peaceful walk.


The woods were used during World War II, mainly as a storage place for bombs and ordinance, and there are concrete bunkers throughout the woods. Read about how to find one of the war bunkers >>

A view down a straight road surrounded by tall green trees.