Raincliffe Woods

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Raincliffe Woods
Raincliffe Woods - geograph.org.uk - 1547078.jpg
Northern edge
TypeMixed Ancient Woodland
OS gridSE9988
Coordinates54°16′48″N 0°28′30″W / 54.28000°N 0.47500°W / 54.28000; -0.47500Coordinates: 54°16′48″N 0°28′30″W / 54.28000°N 0.47500°W / 54.28000; -0.47500
Area161.9 hectares (400 acres)
Operated byScarborough Borough Council
StatusSite of Special Scientific Interest

Raincliffe Woods are situated to the north-west of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England. They form an "L" shape with Forge Valley Woods and the River Derwent.


The area is a mixed woodland area designated as "planted ancient woodland",[1] and combined with Forge Valley Woods is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).[2]

There are many paths, tracks and bridleways through the small woods which many residents of Scarborough use for mountain biking, dog walking and Sunday strolls. Throxenby Mere a popular place for fishermen is located at the foot of the woods.

Deer, badgers, squirrels, frogs, toads, foxes and all kinds of birds can be seen in the woods.