Wyre Forest is 2400 acres of mixed woodland near Bewdley in Worcestershire.
There is a range of walking trails to suit all abilities as well as a family cycling trail and permissive horse routes. There is a play area, and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy.
Wyre Forest is home to the Forest Café, (Goape.co.uk) Go Ape, Goape.co.uk) and Step-out Outdoor Learning, (step-out.eu). (For opening times please see respective websites).
- Further information about your visit can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/wyreforest where you will find information on directions to the site, amenities, opening hours and parking charges or you can contact the Forestry Commission district Office on 0300 067 4800 (8.30am-3pm)
- Wyre is signposted from the roundabout on the A456 near West Midland Safari Park with Brown Tourist signs.
- There is one entrance/exit to the car park which is constructed of compressed stone and tarmac on one level.
- The car park has space for 250 vehicles.
- The car park has two pay and display machines. Please note that all spaces are chargeable including disabled parking bays. There are five clearly signed blue badge parking spaces situated close to the café.
Main Visitor Area
The car park is near to the café and there is also a toilet block near to the entrance. This has gentleman’s toilets including urinals, cubicles, wash basins, and hand driers. Also ladies toilets with cubicles, wash basins, and hand driers. There is a disabled toilet which has a hand railed toilet, wash basin, drier and also baby changing facilities.
- There is level access throughout the Forest Café.
- There is double door access opening inwards for the café main entrance.
- The café has a stone floor with seating inside and out.
- Discovery passes and packs for any special trails can be purchased in the café.
Interpretation boards are all in clear, easy to read text and have pictorial representation where applicable.
- Wyre has a play area close to the café and picnic areas, as well as areas for informal play.
- The play area near to the café comprises wooden structures, with rope elements and climbing structures. This area has benches around the perimeter that give good visibility to the equipment. The whole area has rubber matting underneath.
Picnic Areas and benches
- The main picnic area is a short walk on a woodland surface adjacent to the car park.
- There are several picnic benches on a grassed area near to the car park.
There are three walking trails:
The Wren Trail (1.4km 0.87 miles time 30 mins)
A short and easy stroll through mixed woodland, passing the Go Ape course. There are seats along the path for you to stop and enjoy the views of Woodland Giants. This route is also used for featured seasonal trails such as the Gruffalo Trail.
The Woodpecker Trail (3.5km 2.2 miles 1 hour 15 mins)
This trail enters the ‘Valley of the Giants’ and goes past the famous Whitty Pear tree. Discover and learn about life in the forest from the seasonal information panels along the route.
The Buzzard Trail (5km 3 miles 2 hours)
The longest of the marked trails. It’s a wonderfully varied walk through mixed woodland along forest tracks, narrow paths and through the arboretum.
Family Mountain Bike Trail (moderate – blue, 7.7km 4.7 miles)
Follow the blue cycle markers. This route takes you down forest tracks through a varied woodland landscape including old oaks and giant Douglas fir, through the National Nature Reserve and along a disused railway line.
Route 45 – National Cycle Route
Route 45 is part of a national cycle route, linking Chester to Salisbury, passing through Wyre Forest. It enters the forest at Buttonoak and heads south along the forest roads, across Dowles Brook heading towards Bewdley along the old railway line. The Family Mountain Bike Route links Route 45 to the café and info point.