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Activities to try in the woods this season

There are lots of great things to do in the forest this season, whether you’re on a family day out or looking to try something new. We’ve pulled together some great activities to ensure you make the most out of your time in the woods.

1) Take to Nordic walking

Have you heard about Nordic walking? It’s a great way to stay fit, and it’s actually a lot of fun too! By using the two specially designed poles, you engage 90% more of the body’s muscles. So that in turn helps burn calories much quicker. Lots of our trails are perfect for this activity, so why not try something new?

2) Build a forest den

Create your own forest hideaway by building a woodland den with the kids. It could be large enough to fit the whole family, or a smaller hideout for a woodland animal. Just find yourself a good sturdy tree away from deep water and any roads, look for lots of fallen branches and start building your den. Use our handy den comandments for more tips! Don’t forget to share your forest den snaps with us!

3) Stick Man activity trails

Join Stick Man on his quest to the family tree! Pick up an activity pack from the forest, follow the trail and complete fun activities along the way! find your nearest trail at

4) Take to two wheels!

Taking your family for a bike ride in a Forestry Commission woodland couldn’t be easier. Many of our sites have bike hire and bike washing facilities so not only can you rent two wheels, you can clean them too! And with over 1000km of cycle trails to choose from, there’ll always be a new trail to ride - whatever your ability. Find the right trail for you.  

5) Have a fairy tale adventure

What better place to bring fairy tales to life than the mystical setting of your local woodland? Discover fairy tale features, create your own fairy or make a leaf crown.

Last updated: 2nd August 2016

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