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The Cockshutt

Image of the local nature reserve - The Cockshutt.

Declared as a Local Nature Reserve in 2023, this iconic 32.8 hectare wooded ridge in north east Telford rises majestically above Oakengates, Wrockwardine Wood and St Georges. Extensive footpaths lead visitors though the sites woodlands and grasslands that are alive with bird song in the summer months.

Things to see and do

The Cockshutt, known locally as ‘The Cockshutt Piece’ forms a large and impressive greenspace that rises above Oakengates, Wrockwardine Wood and St Georges. The area supports a mosaic of heathland, scrub, grassland and woodland. Early morning walks between late April and early June will find the woodland and gorse alive with bird song. Whilst evening strolls will reward visitors with views of bats foraging along the woodland rides and glades. In summer the meadows and gorse heath are home to a number of locally important butterflies including both Dingy Skipper and the Green Hairstreak. The site was previously at the forefront of the industrial revolution in Telford and relics of the sites past life can still be found along the woodland walks.

The site has a number of footpath routes suitable for a variety of ages and abilities and part of the Telford 50 mile trail runs through the site. The site is cared for by Telford & Wrekin Council and The Friends of the Cockshutt, part of the Telford Green Space Partnership.

Download the bench to bench route map

How to get there

View the location of The Cockshutt on Google Maps:


The site can be found off the A442, or alternatively, off the B4373. Once off these main roads, the site can be accessed through smaller roads including:

  • Moss Road/Briggs Way
  • Hilton Terrace
  • Lincoln Road
  • Woodlands Drive.


This site is best approached on foot. Some limited roadside parking can be found on some of the roads surrounding the site.

Last updated: 20/12/2023 10:22