Upperford Copse

This car park is closed until 2 Dec whilst we carry out some essential repairs, please park in West Walk instead.

Visitor information

From stunning bluebell displays to pleasant woodland walks, Upperford Copse is a treat at any time of the year

Come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Upperford Copse, part of one of the remaining fragments which make up the ancient Forest of Bere. 

Popular with locals and visitors alike, the walking trails, cycling opportunities and picnic spots make this woodland ideal for an outdoor adventure. With several small streams and ponds, the woodland is home to reptiles, butterflies and insects.

At a glance

Dogs welcome
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Things to do

Cycling in the forest is informal (no marked route). Cyclists may use any track they deem suitable for their bikes ability and themselves. Surfaces can be very muddy in the winter.

Upperford Cospe offers a network of riding which include a diverse and beautiful range of woodland habitats.

Horse riding is by permit only and is informal (no marked route). Riders may use any track that they feel is suitable for the ability of their horse and themselves. It is recommended that riders new to the forest take the map supplied with the permit when entering the forest.

Please be aware that surfaces can get muddy in the winter. Carriage driving is possible with permission.

To apply for a riding permit, please contact TROT on 01622 735599 or visit their website.

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

There are several picnic benches to enjoy your tasty treat. 

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

The Old Oak Trail is not surfaced and is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. In wet weather the trail will become muddy and suitable footwear should be worn. Guide maps are available in the car park.

There is a link from the easy access trail to the old Meon Valley Railway line for the more adventurous user who may wish to access the wood from Wickham, or explore further into the Meon Valley.

Nearby forests

Mossy woodland path

Popular with locals and visitors alike, Woodend is one of the few remaining fragments that make up the ancient Forest of Bere.

The shaded paths provide an excellent spot for walking and exploring or you can relax within the trees and listen to the sounds of nature. From ponds and streams with great crested newts and butterflies, there are a variety of habitats to enjoy.

Recoup at the nearby West Walk for a light refreshment and a host of facilities.

woodland trail in picturesque setting

With walking trails, cycling, outdoor play and picnic spots, West Walk is the ideal family day out. At 350 hectares, it is the largest remaining fragment of the ancient Forest of Bere. 

Mixed woodland on a sunny day

A mosaic of woodland with historic interest walks, come and explore Creech Wood

Located west of Waterlooville within the stunning South Downs landscape, Creech Wood is home to  conifers as well as a small number of ancient broad-leaved trees. The mixture of trees provides a variety of habitats for wildlife, including patches of heather favoured by butterflies and bees, so bring your binoculars!

Children running on muddy forest path in wellies

Whiteley Pastures is home to a variety of rare wildlife including a rich insect population. The woodlands are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest that we work to manage and protect. 

There are a range of gravel paths for you to follow that take you throughout the woodland and its natural features including areas of ancient woodland and ponds. 

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