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Woodend is part of the West Walk area of the Forest of Bere.Family walking with young children on a woodland trail

Whether on foot, bike or horse there are a variety of habitats to view - ancient and new, conifer and broadleaves.

The nearest toilet facilities and bookable BBQs are in West Walk.

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If you are a regular visitor to the forest you could soon make a saving on car parking with our annual parking pass - the Discovery Pass.
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The Forest of Bere Trail starts from Woodend Car Park and takes you over the stream and past the ponds.

Adventure Play

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.
There are several picnic areas with benches, a choice of walking trails and toilets on site.


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, snacks and sandwiches. Click here for more details and opening times.

What do other visitors say?

Hi, Can you tell me the best walk in the area with a puschair. Thank you Donna

donna, 14/May/2014

The best part of the forest to explore with a little one is West Walk. There are toilets, play areas and lots of trails, including the Forest of Bere Trail, which is a good one for first time visitors. However you won't be able to avoid the hill on route! Download a map to help plan your visit. We hope you have an enjoyable time.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

We had a beautiful walk this morning with our two dogs, although raining we enjoyed the wonderful surroundings the only disappointment was because of the weather no coffee van, Highly recommend west walk.

Chris PO2 9PE, 6/Apr/2014

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Last updated: 7th March 2016

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Walking
  • 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.
  • Picnic
  • There are picnic benches on site.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU592134
Postcode: PO17 6JZ

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0300 067 4601

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Gates open at 8am and close at dusk (please check on site signs for exact times).
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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