Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods

View of Owlbeech Woods


On the outskirts of Horsham town lie Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods.

Both very different in character, the woods once formed part of the medieval hunting forest of St Leonards. Leechpool is a mixed woodland and wetland of ancient origin whilst Owlbeech is restored heathland.

This rich variety of habitats means that wildlife thrives and many of the butterflies, birds, reptiles and amphibians often spotted in the woods are very rare.

Whether you choose to take a walk on one of the waymarked trails, build a den, splash in the streams or hunt for nature’s treasures this woodland is an ideal spot for forest adventures.

Parking is free at the two dedicated car parks (Harwood Road and adjacent to the South Holmes Play Area.)

Important Notice - Boardwalk Replacement, From Monday 15th June
Please be aware the boardwalk from Leechpool Woods to Hampers Lane will be closed from Mon 15 June for three weeks while the entire section is replaced. This is essential health and safety work and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. 
Please use Comptons Lane and Harwood Road as an alternative route to the woods.


  • Free Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Five marked walking trails  (these include boardwalks, bridges and unsurfaced paths)
  • Five sculptures to discover along the trails
  • Play Park and Multi-use ball court (at South Holmes play area)

Contact details


Harwood Road Car Park, off Harwood Road (B2195), Horsham, West Sussex




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