Safety Notice:🔥 With the current hot weather, please take care when visiting Simon’s Wood and be aware the use of BBQ’s in Simon’s Wood and on the Ridges is not permitted at any time. Thank you
  • Points of Interest

    Simon's Wood showcases one of the most recognisable features such as the impressive Giant Redwoods or Wellingtonias Sequoiadendron giganteum trees planted in 1863.

    The earlier Roman Road from London to Silchester, believed to be second century and now nicknamed the Devil’s Highway, can still be detected in Simon’s Wood.

    The intriguing mound at the centre of Ambarrow Hill has caused many a debate but archaeologists have been unable to confirm any of the various theories.

  • A Paradise for Wildlife

    On a sunny day you may be lucky enough to spot a common lizard or slow worm basking in the sunshine along with various bugs and insects.

    Listen out for the songs of birds and watch out for the healthy population of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies at Spout Pond at Finchampstead Ridges and Heath Pond at Simon’s Wood.

    Fungi and Chestnuts in the autumn provide interest and berries on the Holly and Rowan give winter bird feed and a festive feel. You could even try building a den from some of the logs and sticks lying around the site.

Welcome to Friends of Finchampstead Ridges Supporter Group Website

Explore outdoors and enjoy the landscape of one of Berkshire’s beauty spots and take a walk at Finchampstead Ridges, Simon’s Wood, or Ambarrow Hill. Follow the Centenary Trail or discover your own nature route and see what you might find!!!

Finchampstead Ridges is a group of small countryside sites nestled in Southern Berkshire near to the borders of Hampshire and Surrey. The Ridges itself, with beautiful views as far as the Hogsback Ridge in Surrey, is one of the National Trust’s oldest acquisitions, having been in our care for over 100 years.

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Loved by Locals 

Finchampstead Ridges was owned by the Walter family, then owners of The Times newspaper. In 1913, following financial difficulties, the estate was broken up; Finchampstead Ridges was purchased thanks to a group of local people who raised the money by local subscription and gifted it to the National Trust.

The lands making up Simon's Wood were gifted by local residents Mr G Simon and Mr R Brooks.

New Volunteer Requests

We welcome new volunteers so please do contact us to register your interest, however, at present the National Trust Rangers are currently unable to process new enquiries but rest assured we will be in contact with you as and when circumstances change. Thank you.

Looking After Finchampstead 

The National Trust Ranger and Volunteer team work hard all year round to maintain the sites and fight the constant battle against encroachment of Silver Birch and Pine Scrub on the heathland and Rhododendron in the woodlands. These invasive species, if not managed, could result in the loss of important natural habitats.

Finchampstead's dedicated volunteer team includes members of the local community from all walks of life who give up their time to ensure that Finchampstead Ridges stays special for ever, for everyone - people and wildlife alike.