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Discover Rendlesham on foot or by bike, a stunning forest in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Rendlesham Forest is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There's something for everyone, including children's play areas, cycle trails, sculptures to discover in Tangham Wood and plenty of places for a picnic.

Walk the UFO trail and discover more about the famous UFO sighting in December 1980.

At a glance

Food and drinks now available at Tinto mobile cafe trailer in the main car park during most weekends and school holidays.
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Scramble, slide and swing your way around our play area.

A challenge for all ages, we have a tube slide, obstacle course, swings, zip-line and much more.

There is something for cyclists of all ages at Rendlesham Forest. 

Two cycle routes of varying distance and difficulty criss-cross the forest.

See the unique flora and fauna of the Sandlings along this easy access trail.

Join certified forest therapy practitioner and forest bathing guide, Gina from Adaptable By Design for this nature-immersive wellness experience in Rendlesham Forest.

Dates for 2023

26 April, 13 and 14 May, 21 and 24 June, 15, 26 and 29 July, 12, 23 and 26 August, 9 and 20 September, 14 and 18 October.

What to expect

Forest bathing is a slow, gentle, sensory-immersive walk where you soak up the atmosphere of the natural environment. It is like no walk you’ve ever experienced!

Participants are guided to move gently and consciously through a series of nature-immersive moments to deeply engage the senses. These moments allow for a smooth transition to enhanced physical, emotional and mental states and improved personal and social wellbeing.

Gina is a highly experienced forest bathing guide. Her engaging and dynamic approach promotes the five stages of health: physical, psychological, social, spiritual and environmental through a carefully crafted yet flexible series of nature connection activities in all types of green and blue space.

Walks are suitable for any age group (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult).

What people are saying about forest bathing with Gina

"Gina made a calm and safe environment which made me look at nature in a way I hadn't before. It allowed my mind to release stress that had build up. I 100% recommend this!"

"With Gina's guidance I felt like a door had been opened into a calm place that I had subconsciously been missing for a long time."

"Gina instantly made me feel safe at ease. If you are someone who needs to think less and feel more I highly recommend forest bathing with Gina and Adaptable By Design."

"What an amazing experience! I lost track of time and left with an amazing sense of serenity and calm. I would highly recommend this experience!"

Nearby forests

Conifer trees in springtime

Part of the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Tunstall Forest has a range of beautiful scenery you can explore.

Tunstall Forest consists of coniferous plantations, broadleaved belts and heathland areas which link up with both Tunstall and Blaxhall Common. These areas are great for ground nesting birds such as the Nightjar and Woodlark, so keep your eyes peeled for these species.


Sunlight through Conifers

Part of the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dunwich Forest consists of a mixture of coniferous and broadleaved woodland and is accessible from Dunwich village.

The forest links into some wonderful conservation areas of marshland and wetland and is great for walkers.

Horse riders are also welcome in the forest. Please be aware that husky training takes place within the northern part of the forest before 10.30am and after 4pm.

Beech tree leaves close up

Chalkney Wood is an attractive example of ancient woodland that is currently transitioning to a site of native tree species.

Visitors are welcome to explore the woodland on foot. 

Thetford Forest at sunset

Located within the Thetford Forest district, Harling Woods - also known as Thorpe Forest - offers great opportunities to get outdoors and escape to nature.

With open access to a range of paths and trails, a Forest Holiday site and endless woodland to explore, Harling Wood is a great place for a day out.

Visit safely

Throughout the year, various recreational events are held in the woodland. Please take note of any marshals and safety signage in place when you visit.

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