Despite the name, woodland comprises only a small part of Rod Wood. The site is an interesting mosaic of scrub, unimproved grassland and woodland. This diversity of habitats is one of the reasons why Rod Wood is so important for wildlife.
Map & Directions
From the A523 Leek-Ashbourne Road follow signs for RSPB Coombes Valley about 2.5 miles from Leek. Take this minor road, passing the RSPB reserve, for 1.5 miles to the top of the hill; Rod Wood is signposted on the right.