Visitor information

Situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Chilterns, Wendover Woods is home to stunning trails and picturesque views

Explore the beautiful Chilterns landscape at Wendover Woods with stunning views across the Chiltern Hills.

Play, run, walk or cycle your way round Wendover Woods. If you're feeling energetic, why not try the fitness trail assault course. 

There are plenty of places to pause and admire the view or enjoy a picnic.

Wendover Woods is home to the Gruffalo, seasonal activities and events

What's on

Forest event
3 November
9am to 4pm
Assemble at BBQ area

This event includes a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 1k distances. 

The route is multi lapped along a challenging undulating course and the event is open to runners of all abilities, from novices to experienced athletes and is perfect for those looking to clock some miles this Autumn. 

Medals for all finishers and prizes for age groups.

Forest event
9 November
9:30am to 12am
Assemble at Trig Point Field

A 50 mile run consisting of five x10 mile loops in the woodland. The course is a mixture of smooth descents and runnable climbs along with much steeper ascents and descents scattered around the loop.

In order to enter you must have completed a minimum of a marathon distance race within the cut off time of that event between 1st January 2020 and race day. 

Food and drink

Wendover woods cafe front

Wendover Woods cafe

Whether it’s a quick coffee you’re after or a relaxing lunch, enjoy fresh food, good service and stunning views at Wendover Woods Cafe.

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at one of Wendover's barbecue stands, bring along good food and company. Don't forget to bring your own charcoal and tools! 

Barbecue hire is £70 per day.

Wendover Woods has three barbecues available for hire. The barbecues are available to use all day, from 11am until one hour before site closure, and are bookable up to 30 days in advance. 

Please note that there is no vehicular access to any barbecues and you will need to walk a short distance from the car park.

Disposable, portable barbecues, camping stoves and open fires are not allowed.


In order to protect this special landscape from the risk of fire please follow our guidance

Full terms and conditions apply


British Cycling and Forestry England have teamed up to offer free, women-only group cycle rides for all abilities in the nation’s forests. Every group ride is led by a qualified Breeze into the Forest Champion who will organise everything and make sure everyone stays safe. Come along to ride, chat and of course enjoy tea and cake at the onsite cafe afterwards.

Join Fran our Breeze into the Forest Champion, on a cycle ride through the forest, taking in stunning scenery and wildlife. 

Bike hire is available off-site at Otec bikes with pre-booking. 

Look out for more rides as they appear HERE 

All riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. If you are registering a person aged under 16 who is not your child, you must have the consent of the parent or guardian of the child in question.

Forest bathing

The Forest Bathing Institute brings 2-hour Forest Bathing+ nature based wellness sessions to Wendover Woods.

Forest Bathing+ is a comprehensive therapeutic form of forest bathing developed in co-operation with numerous universities across the UK, professors, doctors, and scientists.

Underpinned by mindfulness

Forest Bathing+ is underpinned by a mindfulness practice, during each session participants will be guided to engage with each of the five senses in a structured manner, to enhance the experience and to bring about a mindful state. The ultimate aim of each session is to calm the mind, relax the body and to become more present and aware, whilst enjoying the stunning nature at Wendover Woods. 

Test your stamina on this fitness trail around Boddington Hill, the site of an Iron Age hill fort. Set along an unsurfaced trail it contains ten pieces of fitness equipment to test and train your ability. 

Information boards on how to use the equipment can be found at each of the ten exercise stations. 

Nearby forests

Man on mountain bike in a forest

Reinstatement works at Aston Hill Bike Park are currently underway. The large number of trees identified with Chalara ash dieback have been removed and tree felling works have been completed. The carpark has been restored and we are continuing to work on reinstatement of safety access roads.

Forest floor full of bluebells at West Woods

Set in the Chiltern Hills with amazing views over the surrounding countryside, a walk around this rich woodland reveals a great mix of habitats and plenty of paths to explore. There are grassy areas suitable for picnics and perfect for dogs to play. Bluebells which can be seen in May are like a blue carpet and well worth a visit.

Butterfly on leaf

Delve into Bernwood Forest's historic past with a walk around this rich woodland, located on the outskirts of Oxford.

Made up of Shabbington and Waterperry Wood, Bernwood Forest was once part of The Royal Hunting Forest of Bernwood and received royal protection for over 700 years! The Bernwood Jubilee Way, part of the project to reinforce the identity of the hunting forest, runs through a section of the wood on its 61 mile journey within the Ancient Forest Boundary.

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