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Who visits the forests?


VIEW OF RIVER WYE FROM POINT NEAR SYMONDS YAT VIEWPOINT. FOREST OF DEAN FD.Every year foresters and rangers in these forests welcome more than 50 million people of all ages to enjoy their forests. Someone  who lives near a forest may walk their dog there several times a week, or families may visit at weekends.  Holiday makers enjoy taking part in activities in the forests near where they are staying.

Most people visit forests which are close to where they live.  This means forests which are close to cities have the highest number of visitors.  Forests which are in remote parts of Britain have fewer visitors.  Some of the most popular forests have been made into Forest Parks.  These forests provide space for lots of activities that visitors take part in.  Check out the table here to see if there is a Forest Park near you.

Forest Parks in EnglandForest Parks in ScotlandForest Parks in Wales
Forest of DeanArgyllGwydyr
New ForestGlenmoreCoed Y Brenin
GrizedaleTayAfan
DelamereBorders
North RidingGalloway
ThetfordQueen Elizabeth
Sherwood Pines
Whinlatter
Kielder