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Explore Alice Holt Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

Come for a great day out in the woods! You can walk, cycle, play or have a picnic in these lovely woods. Experience life in the trees with Go Ape, take a relaxing break in our café and finish your visit with a quiet stroll in one of the more remote parts of the forest. 

For a copy of Your Forest, a map and a set of children's activity leaflets see 'Related Documents' below.

 Oh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!

GruffaloWe've teamed up with The Gruffalo to help celebrate his 15th anniversary.
Sign up at www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo to be the first to hear about our celebrations or click here for event details.

Forest Rangers Winners Revealed!

More than 150 creative and imaginative entries were received for our competition. We've been working with Helen Skelton to choose just two winners. Following a tough decision making process, the winners have been announced. Click here to see the shortlisted and winning entries.

Cycling at Alice Holt

Family cyclingCurrently we are not able to offer cycle hire facilities while we redevelop our Cycle Centre. 'Cycling for All' groups will continue to be supported and you can still enjoy our family friendly cycle trails during this time.

Our Cycle Centre is moving to a new, more spacious, purpose-built facility and we are currently advertising a business opportunity tender to find a new business partner to coincide with the opening of the new building.
If you are interested in this opportunity visit our website: www.forestry.gov.uk/tenders

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

Alice Holt was amazing and we had a lovely day but we were very disappointed with the gruffalo trail, the guide we got we assumed would be some sort of clues/treasure hunt to the gruffalo! We did do all the activities and still didn't take that long. My daughter was upset as she expected to see the characters and their homes somewhere in the woods. We did have a brilliant time playing in the park and other various obstacle courses.

Stacey, 21/Apr/2014

We're really sorry it was disappointing but we have plans afoot now to make it a much more exciting trail with Gruffalo characters to find along the way and to provide a trail sheet that relates to the boards. If we can we'll introduce some clues for children to find, too, so we hope you'll consider coming back again in a few weeks. The Gruffalo himself arrives on 7th June. There'll be more information about the Gruffalo's party day (7th June)on the website beforehand.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Took my little boy today to do the gruffalo trail. Must say we were quite disappointed. As there is not much information about it online from what I can see, I wasn't sure what to expect. But telling my three year old we were going to hunt for the gruffalo was a huge exaggeration of what is actually on offer! Unless of course I missed something. Asking in the cafe for the activity sheet was also a bit difficult as the girl behind the counter was not sure what they looked like and wasn't even sure if they had any! I decided not to pay the ■2 for the sheet of paper and made up my own gruffalo themed things for my little boy to do. However, after finishing the gruffalo trial, which only took us 40minutes not the one and a half hours we were told it would take, we went on one of your other trails and had a fab time. My little boy loved the house with the maze in it and probably would have been happy to stay in there all day. We spent a good four hours in Alice holt and didn't even notice the time disappearing. Will definatley be returning for the usual trails

Hem, 11/Apr/2014

We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with the Gruffalo trail as lots of activities for children to do are suggested on the trail boards and if they're done the trail will take longer than 40 minutes. At the moment there isn't a real Gruffalo to hunt but he will be arriving on 7th June. The webpages at www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo tell you what and when is coming to the forests this year. We're glad you and your sone enjoyed the otherthings on offer at Alice Holt. Thank you for telling us and for giving the site a good rating.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Well, what a disappointment! We've waited months to do the gruffalo trail and today it opened. We paid ■2 for a piece of paper- rip off, I printed other stuff off the web and the forestry commission website that was better and free. The trail itself is just the usual easy access route with some boards put up. We were expecting some interactive treasure hunt/ clues or sculptures or activities to get the kids around the trail but there was none. The rest of Alice holt is up to its usual high standards and good fun, at least we did the trail first so the rest of the woods made up for the three kids disappointment.

Bonnie, 11/Apr/2014

We're very sorry to hear you were disappointed but it's good to know the printable website resources are useful. There are lots of activities suggested on the boards from collecting and making a picture to looking for signs of animals and their homes. However, we've taken your comments and made some suggestions to the trail designer which we hope will be implemented for the Gruffalo's Child and future trails designed centrally for use in forests acrosss the country. It's good to herar that you found the rest of the forest up to scratch despite it being so busy and overcrowded last week. The Rangers were working non-stop to help people park and keep the site functioning.

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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Dog bin
  • Dogs on lead
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Toliets
  • Cycling
  • There is a popular waymarked Family Cycle Trail through the forest. The Family Cycle Trail is a relatively easy 3 mile ride around the forest with some steep hills. Cycling is permitted on existing tracks and paths within the forest. Cycle hire is availble on site through Quench Cycles.
  • Cycling Hire
  • Quench Cycles have bikes, trikes, tandems, wheelchair bikes and tag alongs. They also offer a cycle repair service and run training courses, guided rides and chicldren's birthday parties. Contact Quench Cycles on 01420 520355.
  • Horse riding
  • There are a number of suitable routes for horse riders within the forest. A permit is required by all horse riders who wish to ride off of the public bridleways in the forest. Please contact TROT on 01622 735599 to apply for a permit.
  • Trail (easy)
  • Our Easy Access Discovery Trail is suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users and takes you through a variety of woodland and has an optional short cut. Pick up a special leaflet to discover the features along the trail.
  • Walking
  • Alice Holt Forest is an ideal place for a walk in the woods. You can follow the waymarked trails or walk your own routes. A map of the forest is available from the car parks and at the Cafe.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SU 811 417
Postcode: GU10 4LS

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Recreation Officer
01483 326266
kathleen.gradidge@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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