Grade of Trail:
Length of trail:1.5 miles
Trail is currently open
This is a fantastic circular walk, which takes you to the fallen Church Path Oak - this is one of Salcey's famous "druid" oaks, and was thought to be 400 years old when it finally fell, in 1995.
The walk leads you through semi-natural ancient woodland where you can view a vivid colour display from the native oak, ash and hazel trees. You take a path which skirts around Salcey lawn – a relic of the medieval hunting lawn. The walk then passes a ‘folly’ bench at the crossroads next to the Church Path Oak – perfect for a rest whilst sheltered under your very own thatched roof!
You can choose to take a very short waymarked detour which takes visitors past the elephant pond - named as such because it is where elephants bathed from a local travelling circus, after they were enlisted to help extract timber during the Second World War – onto the tree top way. The tree top way is a wooden boardwalk rising to 15m above ground level, finishing with a viewing platform at 20 meters with views over the forest and the surrounding countryside; a fantastic way to see the different autumn colours from a bird’s eye perspective.
Coming down from the boardwalk, you then pass an area where four small-scale fairy huts are located – perfect for younger children to explore. Coming to an end, the walk then loops back to where you started.