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Explore - Walks and All Ability Trails

Our woodlands can be explored in a variety of ways, but for those on foot looking for a gentler pace the best way is to use our many waymarked trails, some of which are also suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

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Popular with local walkers, there are four well marked trails that explore deeper and deeper into Cardinham's lush wooded valleys and beside it's peaceful babbling streams.




Light falling onto an open area of woodlandForest of Dean, Gloucestershire

With a choice of 12 waymarked trails throughout the Forest of Dean, of varying difficulty, there's no excuse not to get out there and explore it! Forest walk maps also available for a small charge.




Family on the play trail at Haldon Forest ParkHaldon Forest Park, Devon

Choose from the well marked Play Trail, Sensory Trail, Butterfly Trail, or Tree Trail to explore the a variety of landscapes and viewpoints. If you're a confident walker you can also explore the miles of other tracks and trails that enter the quieter areas of the forest.



View from Castle Neroche over the surrounding landscape, in the Blackdown Hills. Peninsula FDNeroche, Devon & Somerset

The Neroche Scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and many local organisations. Led by the Forestry Commission and working closely with the local community, the Scheme is working to protect and celebrate the heritage of the area, and to provide opportunities for quiet enjoyment, education and training in countryside skills. The scheme's first long distance multi-use trail, the 13 mile Staple Fitzpaine Herepath, opened in May 2008.



Visitors at Westonbirt Arboretum. AutumnWestonbirt, The National Arboretum, Gloucestershire

With 17 miles of paths you can spend a peaceful day wending your way through this wonderful world of trees. A choice of several self-guided trails add to the experience.




View of the Wye valley and woodland in autumn. Symonds Yat. Forest of DeanWye Valley Woods, Gloucestershire

Several trails of varying difficulty and length guide you along the wooded slopes of the stunning Wye Valley, presenting some awe-inspiring views across this historic landscape into Wales.

Explore the Wye Valley in Monmouthshire, Wales.

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.