Hemsted Forest

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Visitor information

Located to the west of Ashford, Hemsted Forest offers approximately 398 hectares of woodland for you to explore!

With around five miles of hard surface road and great networks of unsurfaced tracks, Hemsted Forest makes for a great day out, whatever the season!

The forest houses a mixture of conifer and broadleaf woodland and is rich in different bird species.


At a glance

  • Walking 
  • Horse riding
  • Dogs welcome 


Things to do

Explore the stunning scenery of Hemsted Forest on horseback. Horse riding off-bridleway in Hemsted requires a permit which can be purchased through TROT.

There is a public...

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Hemsted has around five miles of hard surface road around the forest...

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