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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

Welcome to the Forest of Bere. WALKERS IN WEST WALK FOREST OF BERE. SOUTH EAST ENGLAND FD

A mixture of woodland, open space, heathland, farmland and downland, it is the nearest and most accessible countryside for many of the residents of south-east Hampshire and  important to many different people for a variety of reasons.

Together with the remaining 19th century oak and modern 20th century conifer plantations, there are areas of retained scrub and coppice, streams, ponds and an extensive network of rides and paths.

The many habitats provide an excellent area for nature lovers, whatever the season.

There are walking and cycling opportunities within the forest, ideal for all abilities.

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Learning Opportunities

Whether you are a school or family there are lots of ideas and downloads  to help you explore and discover the wood. To help you get started with your planning we have created an introductory slide show, lesson plans and a sample risk assessment.  If you would prefer a guided visit our learning partners’ details can be found here.

Adventure play

The natural forest playground is now open in West Walk and is suitable for children and young people of all ages, it has a huge oak tree house, wooden playhouses, wigwams, sand pit, climbing wall, bridge and shingle stream.

Catering

The Great Big Food Company is now operating in West Walk car park.
Open 9am to 5pm (weather permitting) at weekends during October - May and 7 days a week during June - September. They offer hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. Click here for more details.

What do other visitors say?

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Hiya i visited the other day with my two children and the tree house and wigwam have now been removed as well as the swings i was wondering what is your plans for replacement?

Anonymous, 13/Feb/2017

Thank you for your comment. The equipment has been removed as it was rotting and unstable. We’ve already started on plans to development new play structures, but it’s important to understand that play is much more than simply buying equipment off the shelf and putting it in the ground. We will be updating our website as our plans develop. A dedicated page has been created http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/beeh-aj8k8t where we will be posting these updates.

Forestry Commission Response

Are you removing the play equipment at West Walk? We have always loved going there for a play but went we went recently a lot of the equipment in the play area had been removed.

Anonymous, 12/Feb/2017

Thank you for your question. The adventure play equipment has been removed as the timber was rotting, making the structures unstable. We have already started on plans to development new play structures, but it’s important to understand that play is much more than simply buying equipment off the shelf and putting it in the ground. The forest has a unique opportunity to engage with thousands of visitors through play and we believe that the play we offer should be diverse and include natural play, as well as the provision of physical play equipment. However, we still need to secure funds to deliver this work and the scale of delivering this means that it will take time to come to fruition. Over time it will lead to a positive change and enhance the woodlands for a wide range of visitors to enjoy.

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We came to play in the younger children's area today and the tree house and swings and other pieces of equipment were gone are you planning on redoing this area?

Anonymous, 8/Feb/2017

We understand that the children’s play areas are clearly an important part of visitors experience when coming to West Walk. However the adventure play equipment has been removed as the timber was rotting, making the structures unstable. We have already started on plans to development new play structures, but it’s important to understand that play is much more than simply buying equipment off the shelf and putting it in the ground. The forest has a unique opportunity to engage with thousands of visitors through play and we believe that the play we offer should be diverse and include natural play, as well as the provision of physical play equipment. However, we still need to secure funds to deliver this work and the scale of delivering this means that it will take time to come to fruition. Over time it will lead to a positive change and enhance the woodlands for a wide range of visitors to enjoy. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and we hope this does not affect your visit .

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Last updated: 26th October 2016

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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • The two West Walk BBQs are available for hire with prior booking only. Please contact us on 02380 283141 to check availability and to make a booking.
  • Cycling
  • 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.
  • Horse riding
  • 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. Surfaces can be muddy in the winter. Carriage driving is possible with permission. To apply for a riding permit please contact TROT on 01622 735599.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Parking charges are up to 2 hours 1.80, 2 to 4 hours 3.50 and over 4 hours 5.00.
  • Play area
  • The natural forest playground in West Walk is suitable for children and young people of all ages, it has a huge oak tree house, wooden playhouses, wigwams, sand pit, climbing wall, bridge and shingle stream. Please supervise children at all times and remember that dogs are not permitted in the play areas.
  • Walking
  • 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 parks.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SU597122
Postcode: PO17 6JD

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Contact

General Enquiries

0300 067 4601
enquiries.southern@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Car parks open at 8am and close at dusk (please check on site signs for exact times).
Parking
Parking charges are up to 2 hours 1.80, 2 to 4 hours 3.50 and over 4 hours 5.00.

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