Bus numbers 23, 23a and 24 from the city centre call at Grrenwood Road at the north end of the reserve. By car the site can be accessed from either Sneinton Dale or Greenwood Road but there is no formal car parking as the LNR is situated in a residential area.
There are 7 mostly well maintained waymarked public rights of way spanning the site with numerous desire paths running through the woods. Wheelchair access is only from Greenwood Road to the open grassland at the north end as steep hills are a characteristic feature of most of the site. There are plans to improve wheelchair access in the next two years. All the Nottingham LNRs are featured in the Nature leaflet which has clear maps and information on all the sites and is available from the website or by request from the Nature Conservation Team. Greenwood Dale High School shares a boundary with the reserve and educational events have been held in partnership with the school including photographic scavenger hunts and sapling collection. Open days are held in the summer allowing the public to be actively involved with the reserve.
What to see:
Habitats include ancient woodland, grasslands and running water.
Colwick Woods is an ancient woodland with indicator species such as dogs nercury and ramsons. The site is rich in mammal species including both species of pipistrelle and noctule bats.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups:
Colwick Woods has an active Friends Group who meet regularly to discuss the condition of the site and carry out practical nature conservation in the woods.