The site lies on the immediate west side of the B4214, centred at grid reference SO59907350. The woodland occupies the south-west slope of a small outlier hill, known locally as Knowle Hill and extends from SO59807340 in the south to SO59607415 in the north with a total area of some 11.4 ha (fig 2). Most of the hillslope has been surface quarried in a series of scooped hollows, following the limestone seam around the hill. These workings are a continuation of an extensive belt of opencast quarrying which follows the outcropping limestone around the south side of Titterstone Clee Hill, commencing near the Cornbrook at SO36047540 running through Knowle Wood and The Novers and ending in Gorstley Rough at SO59167469 (fig 2.).
As such it is part of an extensive limestone industry which commenced in the 17thc and continued up until the closure of the Gorstley kilns in the 1940s.