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Located at the popular mountain bike centre, the Pedalabikeaway Café is the hub for cycling in the Forest of Dean. Serving freshly-prepared hot and cold food with locally sourced produce, pop in for a coffee and slice of home-made cake, delicious soup, or our famous loaded FOD burger.

A timber building is visible through cheery trees in leaf. People are sitting at a picnic table.

Refuel at the Ridge Cafe which is open every day, serving a delicious range of drinks, snacks, and light bites.

Choose your outdoor seat, snuggle up by the wood burner, or grab your order to takeaway. The seasonal menu is locally sourced where possible, and is always freshly prepared, including:

Beechenhurst cafe

This family-run business serves quality food and drink to enjoy on-site or to take-away. The team prepare fresh ingredients every day for you to savour during your time at Beechenhurst. The menu includes:

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Come and enjoy freshly prepared hot and cold food, drinks and snacks in a beautiful lakeside location with indoor and outdoor seating. Featuring locally sourced produce and home-made cakes, it’s the perfect spot to meet friends or rest and recharge after a run, walk or forest adventure, and is dog-friendly too!

Front of Wyre Forest Cafe

Take in the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of The Forest Café which is open every day, serving a delicious range of drinks and snacks. The menu includes:

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Located in the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, the Dalby Forest Cafe is the perfect place to refuel and relax after your forest adventure. 

Dalby Forest Cafe offers a delicious selection of hot and cold drinks, sweet treats and both hot and cold food to replenish your senses. The menu includes:

Haughmond Hill Cafe exterior

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 to order, including:

Symonds Yat Rock Café with blue skies

This family-run café provides great, home-cooked food in the stunning setting of Symonds Yat Rock. 

The log cabin-style building was originally built in 1956 in readiness for the Queen’s visit the following year. A lot has changed since then, and visitors today can enjoy freshly prepared food and drinks while taking in the spectacular views of the Wye Valley. The menu includes;

Cafe at Bedgebury

From buying timber to superb business and partnership opportunities, we are a great organisation to work with.


Brand new cafe at Wendover Woods through the trees
02 October 2019
Wendover Woods Forest Centre
Cafe at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean

Forestry England is at the heart of the progress being made in protecting, improving and expanding our woodlands and forests, and enhancing local communities and economy.

Kielder Castle

Please note Kielder Castle is closed until further notice, including the main cafe. (Street Diner takeaway and castle information point are open).

Brand new cafe at Wendover Woods through the trees

Explore the beautiful Chilterns landscape at Wendover Woods with stunning views across the Chiltern Hills. There’s something for everyone with a wide range of ways to spend your day.

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper

Start from beside the new café and follow this mostly level trail, following a log edged, well surfaced path suitable for pushchairs.

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Two ladies enjoying a dog walk at Jeskyns Community Woodland
Walking trails and routes

A surfaced loop which also takes in our grazing meadows and leads up to view point with two towering sculptures. Mainly off lead for dogs with one small area on lead back up to the café.

Sun shining through the trees in a pine forest

The forest classrooms are great for birthday party celebrations, school visits, holiday clubs, workshops or a small meeting.  On the edge of the forest and only a short walk to the main visitor centre, café and trails the classrooms offer a quiet and inspiring space to meet in.

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23 December 2022
13.30 - 16.30
Gisburn Forest and Stocks

Join us for an ELFtravaganza including games, activities and music, and so much more at Gisburn Forest Cafe. Lunch included. More importantly includes a woodland wander to Santas Grotto in the forest.

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This circular route is a surfaced track with a small section on grass at the end which brings you to the café where the trail began. 

Along the route you will pass new woodlands and wild flower meadows. Listen out for skylarks and meadow pippets as you run!

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Walking trails and routes

From a gentle stroll around the Ladyhill Trail with lots to see and do, to a longer walk around the picturesque Fairoak there's a great day out for everyone.

Trail maps are available to purchase from Go Ape, Grounds café & Cannock Chase Cycle Centre for £1.50. 

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This largely flat circular trail takes you through our newly-planted woodland trees and around the lake at the heart of our site. The gravel surfaced trail starts close to the car park, outside of the café and toilets.

There are stops along the way with benches for you to relax with a picnic and enjoy the views.

People playing table tennis at Salcey Forest

In partnership with Northants Sport and Table Tennis England, Salcey Forest has two FREE TO PLAY table tennis tables. You can find these in front of the Visitor Centre and next to the café.

Bats and balls are provided but feel free to bring your own!

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Walking trails and routes

From Symonds Yat Rock there are waymarked trails linking to the Forest Holidays campsite, to the River Wye and a choice of circular walks into the forest itself.

Discover the ancient hill fort, look out for birds of prey and then enjoy a snack from the log cabin café.

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Tuesday 13 September
11.00am - 12.30pm
Sherwood Pines

This 90 minute circuit walk will follow a number of different trails through Sherwood Pines and will be suitable for walkers of all levels of fitness.

We will finish up at the cafe for a coffee or lunch for anyone who would like to join.

Santa Grotto Cannock
17 December 2022
Gisburn Forest and Stocks

Join us for at Gisburn Forest Cafe for Lunch and Whoville Experience. 2 plus hours of Festive fun including games, activities and music. Lunch included. After all the fun in Whoville we will have a woodland wander to Santas Grotto in the forest.

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Home to 2,500 different species from the far corners of the globe and 5 national tree collections, Westonbirt is the perfect place for you to escape, relax or have an adventure! Take a journey up into the canopy on the STIHL Tree Top Walkway, stop by the café for a tasty treat or see if you can spot the Gruffalo!

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Picnics and barbecues

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

Picnic tables can be found by the café and in the main car park.

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

Fineshade Wood Play Area

You are never too old for building dens or playing hide-and-seek in the woods, but for those a little younger The Oak Leaf purpose-built play area is close to the Visitor Centre, café and toilets.

If you are a little more adventurous then seek out our tree house which you will find in the woods.



family enjoying the woodlands

Discover endless family fun in the great outdoors at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

From the top of Butser Hill, the highest point on the South Downs, down to the Visitor Centre with its shop and cafe, the park makes for a great day out.

For further information about current facilities, please visit the Hampshire County Council website 

Delamere Forest Visitor Centre on a sunny day

At Delamere Forest, the first stage of the redevelopment project saw the construction of a brand-new Visitor Centre with larger and improved toilet facilities which include a changing places facility, a Café, and a staffed Visitor Welcome Point – a place for our visitors to ask questions, learn all about Delamere Forest’s history and pick

Cafe at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the Forest of Dean, one of Britain's oldest and largest woodlands.

It is the ideal place for families to start their forest adventure, with a family activity trail, Sculpture Trail, play area and Go Ape Tree Top Adventure. You can even bring your bikes and access the wider forest on our Family Cycle Trail.