Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day (except Christmas Day) from 8am to 6pm. 

Wyre Forest is often quieter on weekdays (outside of school holidays), earlier in the morning, and later in the afternoon.

How to find us

How to find us
Callow Hill, Bewdley
Sat Nav Postcode: DY14 9XQ
By Car

Wyre is located at Callow Hill 3 miles west of Bewdley on the A456. The site is well sign-posted.

 

Or go car-free 

By Public Transport

We welcome car-free visitors and offer free admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey.

Bus routes: 192/292 between Birmingham and Ludlow, and 291 between Kidderminster and Tenbury.

OS Grid Ref
SO750740

52.363883021364, -2.3680054327881

Parking and prices

Pay for your parking with debit/credit card or use the RingGo app. We recommend downloading the app to your phone before you visit.

You can also use RingGo by pre-booking online or calling 0203 046 0063 with location code 31056 (cars only).

There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.

Wyre Forest members park for free. Buy your Membership now for £40 and simply display your pass in your vehicle without queuing for a ticket. Parking charges and memberships help us to look after Wyre Forest for everyone.

 

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Peak (1 March - up to, but not including, the first Monday in November)
Up to 2 hours £4.00
Up to 4 hours £5.00
All day £7.00
Off peak (First Monday in November - 28 February)
Up to 2 hours £3.00
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £5.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Peak (1 March - up to, but not including, the first Monday in November):

Minibuses/horsebox - £10
Coaches - £17

Off peak (First Monday in November - 28 February):

Minibuses/horsebox - £8
Coaches - £10

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer

If you arrive car-free there is no charge, find out more.

 

Number of accessible parking spaces: 5
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Disabled parking available
Pay by phone available

Facilities and access

Wyre Forest Cafe is open daily. Opening hours may vary throughout the year.

Wyre Forest is often quieter on weekdays (outside of school holidays), earlier in the morning, and later in the afternoon.

If you have limited mobility, why not hire our Tramper through the Countryside Mobility Scheme? You do not have to be registered disabled to hire a Tramper and we have introduced a COVID secure hire process to keep you safe.

For more information on planning your visit to Wyre Forest, take a look at our accessibility guide:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Cafe
Cycle hire
Dog wash
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Play Area
Toilets
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire

Contact details

Whether you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or you want something more adventurous, Wyre Forest has something for everyone.

Wyre Forest is the largest woodland National Nature Reserve in the country and can be found to the west of Birmingham.

Explore the arboretum to find the unusual Whitty Pear and don't forget to refuel in our on-site cafe. Our bike hire specialists will make sure you are properly equipped for an adventure on two wheels, whilst our Go Ape course will keep the kids (and adults!) entertained. We've even got a dog wash on-site to keep your pooch pampered.

With a variety of walking, cycling, running and horse trails available, there's plenty of ways to explore the forest. We also have a tramper available to hire for those with limited mobility.

Those looking for a more peaceful time can enjoy the more remote spots in the heart of the forest.

Family in front of a Superworm panel pretending to be a bee

Superworm trail at Wyre Forest

Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest. The new self-led trail features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask.

Food and drink

Wyre Forest Cafe exterior

Wyre Forest Café

Refuel your family from our on-site café which offers a range of food and drinks freshly prepared each day.

Wyre Forest has a variety of trails linked to the Public Bridleway network. Take a ride past majestic old oaks, along forest tracks and narrow paths.

There are three waymarked horse-riding trails which allow close to over 10 miles of off-road riding, sections of which are shared use trails. The three numbered loops join in the middle of the forest, complementing and adding to the Public Bridleway network. Our trails are marked with white plaques and grey arrows, labelled “Horse Trail Loop 1, 2 or 3”.

No permit is needed to ride at Wyre Forest, however parking charges apply.

Riders can pay a daily rate to park at the Callow Hill public car park and ride into the forest. Alternatively, frequent riders at Wyre can purchase a yearly Membership which will offer unlimited horse box parking and access to the designated members' horse box parking area. The access code for this can be gained by pressing the call point on the side of the café between the hours of 9am - 5pm  and supplying your membership number. Please note however, that this area is also opened to the public at busy times.

The main access point to the trails for horse boxes/lorries is from the Callow Hill visitor centre. Alternatively, riders can hack in via any of the public bridleways. 

There are no gates on the bridleway’s or waymarked horse trials within the forest, however if riding in via the bridleways there may be gates to pass through.

Please be aware that, as much of the forest is environmentally sensitive, horses should stay on waymarked horse trails and bridleways. Horses are not allowed in the vicinity of the visitor centre, the café, or on any other waymarked walking or running trails.

For more information on our facilities, opening times and contact details, please see our visitor information.

Whether you've just bought your first pair of trainers, or have 1000's of miles under foot, Wyre Forest offers opportunity for all runners. Lengths vary from 1km to 7.5km and they all start from the main visitor centre.

The trails provide a chance to escape stuffy gyms and get out into the fresh air, offering the opportunity to get fit where you can be inspired by stunning natural surroundings.

 

1km Route

The perfect way to start your running journey,  this trail is wide with a stone surface underfoot. The route passes our sleeping Gruffalo and includes some of the more gentle up and down hills of the Wyre Forest, but does finish with a steep uphill to get you ready for our longer running routes.

 

2km Route

A steady run taking you a little further into the forest using a mixture of trails and forest roads. You will pass a Corsican Pine plantation and weave through large Douglas Firs as you descend into the Valley of the Giants.

 

3km Route

Start to get the legs and lungs working as you encounter a few inclines along the forest road. You will pass the Arboretum and should be able to see the Whitty Pear tree which was planted in 1916. In spring and summer, the Arboretum is full of colourful flora and blossom.

 

5km Route

Here's where the challenge begins as the gradients get steeper, both up and down. This route follows the forest roads with wide and solid paths. As you pass Park Pool and start the climb uphill you will pass one of our SSSIs (Site of Special Scientific Interest) where, through the Oak and Beech trees, you may spot some deer.

 

7.5km Route

Looking for more? This route follows the Family Cycle Trail and is made up of varied gradients on a wide, mostly solid surface. You’ll be taken through some beautiful woodland landscapes including old Oaks and giant Douglas Fir. The route will take you along the old disused railway line which is also part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network (Route 45) as well as Wyre Forest Butterfly Trail, where more than 30 species of butterfly can be found.

Wyre and its surrounding woodlands are fantastic places to enjoy the fresh air and and have fun outdoors. There are three waymarked walking trails to explore.

Step away from your normal routine and try yoga in Wyre Forest. Join one of our expert instructors who each specialise in a different style of yoga. 

 

Timetable

Wednesdays

9.30 - 10.15am: Rise and Shine Vinyasa Flow Yoga (Yoga with Sophie) 10.30 - 11.30am: Yoga for Mum and Baby (Yoga with Sophie)

Thursdays

9.15 - 10.15am: Hatha Yoga (Soul Space yoga) 6.30 - 7.45pm: Yoga for Pregnancy (Yogabellies Worcestershire) 8 - 9pm: Women's Luna Yoga (Yogabellies Worcestershire)

Fridays

10.30 - 11.30am: Yoga for Mum and Baby (Yogabellies Worcestershire)

Sundays

10 - 11.15am: Breathwork for emotional health OR Yin Yoga (Yoga with Sophie)* *Sunday classes will run once a month. Upcoming dates: 6th November, 4th December.

 

Meet the instructors

Soul Space Yoga

Elizabeth is a Hatha trained Yoga Alliance Teacher and draws inspiration from Yin Yoga, Vinyaysa Yoga and Forest Yoga. Her class at Wyre Forest focusses on a deep connection to your mind and body, using the practices of breath work, movement and meditation to leave you feeling calm and connected. The class is adaptable to all abilities, offering freedom and multiple options to suit you.

www.instagram.com/soul_spaceyoga

Yoga with Sophie

Sophie offers classes from Vinyasa and Yin to Pre and Postnatal classes. She is also a breathwork facilitator, specialising in emotional health and nervous system regulation. In her classes, Sophie will share some of her tried and tested tools to help you regulate your own nervous system and kickstart your emotional wellness. Over time, moving the body and connecting with your breath, we can not only cultivate a sense of calmness, clarity and acceptance, but over time boost our resilience to stress, allowing us to be our best (& happiest) selves.

www.yogawithsophie.com

Yogabellies Worcestershire

Yogabellies Worcestershire specialise in helping all women through a Yoga journey from Pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood and beyond. The aim is to build a safe nurturing community where women can support each other and help build each other up. Instructors Danielle and Becky will help you find the right yoga class for your needs. 

www.worcestershirewellness.com

Nearby forests

walkers enjoying a walk through nature in autumn

Explore Haughmond Hill and follow in the footsteps of history. Follow the trails out to the front of the hill for commanding views across the River Severn and Shrewsbury to the South Shropshire and Welsh hills beyond. Discover the Iron Age enclosure or visit the viewing platform over the quarry; a must for any budding geologists or anyone who likes dumper trucks!

Mortimer Forest Black Pool

Come and escape in Mortimer Forest! Straddling the Shropshire and Herefordshire border this thousand hectare forest is a perfect place for some breathing space.

Although originally made up of ancient royal chases and deer parks, the forest we see today was largely planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1920s. It was named after the Mortimer Family, Norman Lords who held power over the region for some 300 years.

Easy pacers walkers

Eastridge Woods is enjoyed by visitors on foot, on horseback or on two wheels. Passing through the forest is the Shropshire Way, a long distance walking route covering over 200 miles of beautiful Shropshire countryside, which can be tackled in smaller sections.

Sunlight through conifers

With a children’s play area, Go Ape, orienteering trails and even a dog activity trail, you will not be stuck for something to do at Cannock Chase Forest, located north of Birmingham. 

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