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Whinlatter Forest Tramper Hire with a view
Hire a Tramper at Whinlatter Forest

The Tramper hire is currently suspended throughout lockdown.

Trampers at Bedgebury
Explore Haldon Forest Park with an off-road mobility vehicle
Trampers at Bedgebury
Hire a Tramper at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

If you have limited mobility and would like to explore Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest come and use our free off road mobility scooter (tramper).

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper
Easy access route to the river

A short path leading from the car park down to the East Dart river.

A short path leading from the car park down to the East Dart river.

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper
Easy access trail - short walking trail

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

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper
Dragonfly trail - a flat easy walk with children's play areas

An all weather surfaced trail, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.  This walk takes in some of the oldest trees in the forest with seating and a picnic bench along the way and at the Dragonfly Pond.

Family walking down path
Walking trails and routes
Raptor trail

This trail provides the perfect opportunity to explore the wide variety of forest environments at Haldon.

Experience some of the wildlife living here by visiting the popular bird of prey viewpoint - don't forget your binoculars!

Viewpoint over the forest
Walking trails and routes
Butterfly trail

We work alongside Butterfly Conservation to monitor and manage our butterfly area to provide the ideal conditions for many butterfly species.

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper
Lynford Arboretum Easy Access Trail- a circular walk for everyone to enjoy

Lynford Arboretum's Easy Access Trail has seating areas at regular intervals along its path so you can stop, enjoy the view and the peaceful forest. 

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper
Easy access trail - a short loop walk through the woods in Kent
Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper
The Easy Access Trail

The Easy Access Trail is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and has an optional shortcut.

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper
Walking trails and routes
Heron Walk at Nightingale Wood

This is the longest of the walking trails in Nightingale Wood.

Group of three people walking past a tree
Walking trails and routes
Walking trails at Haldon Forest Park

Whether you're looking for play and adventure or a bit of peace and quiet to observe the wildlife, we've got a trail for you.

Orienteering compass on tree
Orienteering
Orienteering - test your navigation skills around the forest
Front of Whinlatter visitor centre and information point
Welcome to England's only true mountain forest

Whinlatter is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Family on walk at Haldon Forest Park
3,500 acres of woodland just 15 minutes from Exeter

Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park.

Families enjoying cycling in the forest
A family friendly country park and forest

The government has said the single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

Walking boots in autumn
Walking trails and routes
Walking trails at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Bedgebury offers scenic walking routes for all abilities, promoting healthy living for all the family, including gentle strolls, self-led trails, challenging health walks and calorie mapped trails.

Family laughing together on an easy access trail
Forest trails suitable for wheelchair users, tramper users and pushchairs
Bedgebury National Pinetum Hill's Avenue autumn
Come and explore our wonderful world of trees

Bedgebury is an award winning visitor attraction with something for everyone. Open all year, Bedgebury is the perfect place for healthy outdoor activity.

Gisburn cycling
Membership
Support Gisburn Forest and Stocks by joining today

Save money and get free parking for a year at Gisburn Forest Hub, Cocklet Hill and School Lane car parks, plus a range of great benefits and discounts with Membership to Gisburn Forest and Stocks.

Women walking in the woods
Blog
09 December 2020
10 reasons to make the forest your new year's resolution

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a really tough year. Lockdowns and essential restrictions, as well as worries about jobs and finances, have left the nation feeling stressed and anxious.  As we move into a new year there is hope that life can get back to some kind of normality,but times are still hard and how exactly can spending time in forests help? The answer is in so many ways!  

Forestry England manages over1,500 forests, and everyone in the country lives within an hour of one of them. Forests offer space to explore, connect with nature and exercise our minds and body.  If you’re not yet convinced, here are 10 reasons you should discover the freedom of the forest in 2021.  

1. Tons of trails

With over 1,800 miles ofwalkingandcycling trails, our forests provide the perfect spaces to spend time outside. After the restrictions we have all faced, many of us now value our leisure time and the great outdoors more than ever. 

We have a range of waymarked walking and cycling trails to suit all abilities, so grab your walking boots, running shoes, or your bike and find a trail that suits you.  

Find a trail near you2. Forests can help you feel better

Spending time in forests really does improve our health. Research carried out by Forest Europe in 2017 showed that ‘visits to forests can lower blood pressure and pulse rates and reduce cortisol levels’.

Forest bathing, which originated in Japan (where it is called shinrin yoku) is a practice of finding calm and quiet amongst the trees and this has been shown to help us destress and boost our health and wellbeing. 

Find out more hereor have a go from home with ourvirtual forest bathing experience.  

Your guide to forest bathing3. Forests are the perfect place to discover a new hobby

Forestry England offers a whole range of activities and opportunities to experience the forest in many ways. From Nordic Walking classes, to orienteering or yoga amongst the trees we work with a range of activity providers to offer lots of fun activities.

You can find out what activities and events are available near you by searching for local forests using your postcode. 

Find a forest near you

Sign up for monthly email newsletters packed with wildlife updates, forest stories and ideas for days out near you!

Sign up4. Wonderful wildlife

Our forests arehome to a range of wildlife, from large mammals such as deer to smaller inhabitants such as bats, dormice, birds of prey and red squirrels.  

We are one of the largest managers of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in England, which are home to the country’s rarest wildlife, and the land we manage provides habitats for wildlife in moors, heathlands and bogs as well as amongst the trees. 

So grab your binoculars, find your nearest forest, and see the rich variety of wildlife living in our special woods.  

Discover our wildlife stories5. There's something for the whole family

It doesn’t matter your age, forests really are for everyone. They’re perfect places to visit alone or in small groups, but if you’re bringing younger family members there's loads in store to keep them amused. Fromfree downloadable activities, interactive family trails and familiar character sculptures to spot. There's no better way to tire out the little ones than with a wild day out in the woods! 

Find a family activity6. Sites steeped in history 

The nation’s forests are rich with history, and are home to many historic monuments, fascinating archaeology, and Sites of Special Specific Interest. Part of our job involves caring for these, and safeguarding them for future generations to learn from and enjoy. 

Follow our Historic Forests Twitter accountfor regular updates from the Forestry England team members looking after Iron Age hillforts, wartime remains and other Scheduled Monuments. 

7. They’re easier to explore than you think

We get it, forests can be intimidating. They can conjure an image of darkness with steep climbs and winding paths to get lost along.

However, many of our Forestry England sites offer easy access trails, toilet facilities and plenty of seating. Some also offer trampers, so if mobility is limited you can still get about and explore all the wonderful things on offer!

8. They’re for everyday

Lots of our sites, particularly our larger ones, can get busy at the weekends and during school holidays. So if you’re looking for a more tranquil visit, why not think about coming mid-week, we're here and ready for you every day! 

Take advantage of quieter trails and enjoy the tranquility and peace of nature's details, the rustling leaves, changing textures and soothing sounds of bird song. 

Find a trail near you9. Forests are for resting too

When you’ve done exploring many of our forests have fantastic on-site cafes where you can refuel, you’ve earned it after all! Our cafes are wonderful spots for lunch and a catch up, or a cuppa with a big slab of cake. Many of our cafes also offer discounts forForestry England members.

And if you'd prefer to pack your own, you're never too far from a picnic bench or the dappled shade of tree, perfect for laying down a blanket and unpacking those well-deserved sandwiches!

10. Your visits support our forests and offer great value for money

For over 100 years we have been growing, shaping and caring for forests for the benefit and enjoyment of all, and your visits help us to continue our workplanning and planting forests that will help create a sustainable future. 

Regular visitors can avoid the queues and park for free by becoming a member for as little as £20 a year. Prices vary,see which forests offer Membership near you. Membership also comes with a host of money-saving national and local discounts for brands such as Forest Holidays, Go Ape, Cotswold Outdoor and more.

Learn more about Membership

So what are you waiting for?

If you haven’t already, 2021 is the perfect time to discover what forests can do for you. See you on the trails! 

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