Visitor information

Enjoy forest walks and stunning views at Haughmond Hill

Explore Haughmond Hill and follow in the footsteps of history. Follow the trails out to the front of the hill for commanding views across the River Severn and Shrewsbury to the South Shropshire and Welsh hills beyond. Discover the Iron Age enclosure or visit the viewing platform over the quarry; a must for any budding geologists or anyone who likes dumper trucks!

Refuel at Haughmond Hill cafe, a family run cafe serving locally sourced, quality food and drink.

Girl in forest pointing at cupcake panel

Gruffalo Party Trail at Haughmond Hill

The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure.

What's on

Forest event
Wednesday 17 April
From 11am until 2pm
Meet in the car park

Do you have a few hours to spare, and want to help support your local forest?

Join us for a volunteer day at Haughmond Hill - for what we hope will be the first of many opportunities to get outside and give back.

If you can spare some hours between 11am and 2pm on 17 April, we'd love to hear from you. The day will include tasks such as litter picking, den dismantling, log pile creation and brash clearing in small groups under the supervision of our friendly rangers.

All welcome, of any age or ability. There may even be tea and cake as a thank you! 

Food and drink

A family eating lunch outside a cafe

Haughmond Hill Café

This family-run café serves quality food and drink to enjoy on-site or to take-away. The menu offers nutritious and delicious homemade refreshments which are made fresh to order.

The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure.

What to expect

The interactive family trail features all sorts of party-themed activities and games, along with fun facts to teach you about life in the forest for the Gruffalo and other creatures.

Follow the trail to help find the missing party items to give the Gruffalo a birthday to remember. Search for balloons, pine cones, apples and the Gruffalo himself, and complete fun activities and rubbings as you go along.

Get the party started with a Gruffalo Party Trail pack

Pick up your pack for just £4 from Haughmond Hill Café during opening hours, packed with fun things to do on your party adventure.

Inside you’ll find:

kraft bag to colour in party headband to wear party trail activity leaflet stickers pencil and crayon keepsake sew-on Gruffalo Party patch

Share your party fun using the #GruffaloTrail hashtag.

The Gruffalo © 1999 & TM Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Spending time amongst the trees and really noticing nature is scientifically proven to boost our mental and physical health. Follow the trail to take a mindful walk through the forest that invites you to really relax.

What to expect

Themed panels along the trail will invite you to pause, notice and connect with the forest environment around you.

A forest wellbeing journal is also available to help you get even more benefit from the experience, offering additional mindful things to do while you’re out in the forest and at home.

Download your forest wellbeing journal before you visit.

About the route

The wellbeing trail will follow our red walking trail, Henry's Hike. This circular walk takes you across the central plateau of the hill taking in views of the Wrekin to the east. 

The trail is 2.5km (1.5 miles) and starts/ends from the car park. There are some sections which are rocky and uneven and can get muddy especially after rain.

This trail is supported by Sport England using National Lottery funding.

Follow the yellow waymarkers along this surfaced trail through mixed woodland with frequent benches.  Visitors with wheelchairs, mobility scooters and buggies should find this walk suitable.

This trail is also home to our family activity trail, which changes theme each year.

The trail is named after the Corbett Family, who were the owners of Sundorne Estate from the late 1700s to the 1950s. They once owned Haughmond Hill, the Abbey and much of the surrounding land.

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at one of our beautiful picnic areas, just bring along good food and company!

There are numerous picnic tables around the cafe area. To help dog owners enjoy a hands-free experience, we have individual dog clips attached to all our benches for you to clip your dog lead to.

Alternatively, why not take a picnic to one of our various viewpoints and enjoy lunch with a view.

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests and take all your litter home. 

Man walking dog along woodland trail

Walking trails at Haughmond Hill

Download our walking trails map to help plan your visit.

Nearby forests

Winding path through the mature woodland

Wyre Forest is the largest woodland National Nature Reserve in the country and can be found to the west of Birmingham.

Explore the arboretum to find the unusual Whitty Pear and don't forget to refuel in our on-site cafe. Our Go Ape course will keep the kids (and adults!) entertained and we've even got a dog wash on-site to keep your pooch pampered.

Man walking through grassy woods

Come and escape in Mortimer Forest! Straddling the Shropshire and Herefordshire border this thousand hectare forest is a perfect place for some breathing space.

Although originally made up of ancient royal chases and deer parks, the forest we see today was largely planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1920s. It was named after the Mortimer Family, Norman Lords who held power over the region for some 300 years.

Easy pacers walkers

Eastridge Woods is enjoyed by visitors on foot, on horseback or on two wheels. Passing through the forest is the Shropshire Way, a long distance walking route covering over 200 miles of beautiful Shropshire countryside, which can be tackled in smaller sections.

Autumnal forest scene with golden leaves on the trees and ground

With way marked trails for woodland walks, children’s play areas, Go Ape, orienteering trails and even a dog activity trail, you will not be stuck for something to do at Cannock Chase Forest, located north of Birmingham in the West Midlands.

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