Witch Wood is what’s left of The Big Wood, once the west and south boundary of Lytham Hall Home Park.
In 1963 Guardian Royal Exchange took over the Clifton Estate, and the council gifted the remaining derelict wood to Lytham St Annes Civic Society. It was to be a woodland walk for the local community.
The Society has done huge amounts of work over the years. Undergrowth has been cleared, paths created and they’ve worked with Network Rail to make a continuous walk from Ansdell to Lytham.
The woodland was opened by Prince Phillip in 1974.
Looking after Witch Wood
Lytham St Annes Civic Society continues to maintain the wood, with advice and grants from the Forestry Commission.
Victims of Dutch Elm Disease have been removed, and sycamore have been replaced with native species like oak and beech.
The Society bore the cost of more than £5000 of replacing the main path. A recycled product called Top Trek was used.
Improvements have been made with the help of Lancashire Wildlife Trust to complete a new section of path near the school fence opposite the cricket field. That was paid for by a grant from the Lancashire Environmental Fund. To the appreciation of walkers, this path completes the trail through the length of the wood.
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Witch Wood is part is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It’s also protected a by tree preservation order.
These beautiful views were captured by Visit Fylde Coast contributor, Kate Yates –
Why is it called Witch Wood?
It was named after a favourite horse of the Clifton family called ‘The Witch’.
On 5 January 1888 the much loved pet fell in the wood and is buried there. Have you found the gravestone?
Witch Wood in the Autumn
Visit Fylde Coast reader, Michael J O’Leary, kindly took these photos for us. Here’s the woods looking very autumnal.
Where is Witch Wood?
It’s not a long way from Clifton Drive. The address is Bridge Rd, Lytham St Annes, FY8 4EQ
Find out more about this lovely woodland on the Lytham St Annes Civic Society website.
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