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Betts Wood is a 10 acre, near level, ancient semi natural woodland of Oak, coppiced Hornbeam, Hawthorn, Holly and Silver Birch. A section of woodland was last coppiced 5 years ago. This woodland is home to many animals, birds, and insects and is filled with bluebells in the spring time. It is a local wildlife site and is important for biodiversity.
The woodland has free access all year and is well worth a visit for a picnic or just to stretch your legs.
There are no toilet facilities at Betts Wood. The closest public toilets are at Hockley Woods, Main Road, Hockley (0.5 miles) or at Hockley Spa, Spa Road, Hockley, adjacent to Hockley Library (0.7 miles)
There is a children's play area adjacent to Betts Wood and Hockley Community Centre.
How to get there
Grid Reference: TQ 834 928
Betts Wood is located at the end of Westminster Drive, Hockley (SS5 4XD), which is next to Hockley Community Centre.
Bus routes 7 and 8 stop in Main Road, Hockley at the junction with Buckingham Road. Betts Wood is a short walk from the bus stop via Buckingham Road, Westminster Drive is the 3rd road on the left (0.36 miles)
The closest train station is Hockley on the Southend Victoria line. Betts Wood is approximately 0.75 miles from the station. As you leave the station follow the signs towards Hockley village centre on Spa Road. Turn right into Bramerton Road just after Barclays Bank. Continue up this road through the alleyway at the end into Buckingham Road. Westminster Drive is the 3rd road on the right.