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Discover brand new woodlands, ponds, orchards and wildflower meadows at Jeskyns Community Woodland.  Come and watch it grow.

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Stickman Activity Trail

Forest web page 150x98pxJoin in the fun from 1st December 2015 with our self led Stickman trail. Activity packs availbale for purchase from the cafe (£3).  Sign up and be the first to about anything stickman!

Events and Activities

Cardinham Forest SchoolWhatever the season join us for fun and informative events and activities such as our  Forest School Activity Programme. 

Responsible dog owners welcomed!

Jeskyns Dog Club mascot 1Jeskyns is a great place to have fun with your pooch. Why not join our free Jeskyns Dog Club and help us to promote responsible dog ownership?

What do other visitors say?

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At least Angela saved herself the extortionate parking charge of 1.50 (presumably she is an occasional visitor for whom the annual 30 fee is not warranted - if it is warranted at all). When I visit Jeskyns I always park off-site and save myself the cost. There is something not quite right about an OAP (or anybody)having to pay to take his dog for a walk in the country. It is, after all, styled a "Community Park".

Robert, 3/Nov/2015

We are sorry that you feel the parking charges at Jeskyns are unreasonable. Public service budgets have been significantly reduced and the Forestry Commission is having to make savings where possible whilst still looking after Jeskyns to the high standard we always strive to achieve. We have tried to avoid the introduction of parking charges for the last few years but unfortunately the economic situation now forces our hand. We hope that the majority of our vistors make the parking contribution knowing that they are helping to secure the future of Jeskyns for both people and wildlife. It is of course your perogative to park outside of the site, but please avoid blocking laybys, verges and the country lanes as this causes a road hazard and inconvenience to our neighbours.

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I love Jeskyns and regularly visit with my kids and dogs. I am getting fed up with the rigmarole that paying for parking involves. I have made the mistake of only having my card on me a couple of times and every time the machine tells me it's unavailable. The cafe has given me a written ticket before but I've been informed by them today that they don't offer that service. I have been unable to pay today because of it. There is generally only 1 machine working at any 1 time too which is a pain trying to juggle 3 kids and 2 dogs while facing to walk to get a ticket and back across the whole car park. Apologies for the rant but I love Jeskyns and am always willing to pay but am usually in a bad mood by the time I leave the car park!

Michelle, 26/Oct/2015

Sorry to hear about your difficulties Michelle and we appreciate your frustration. One of the P&D machines has been vandalised and unforutanely we are subject to the manufacturer's own 8week timeframe to install a new machine. The current working machine relies upon GPS signal for card payments and in certain weather conditions this can be a bit temperamental. This is, unfortunately, also outside of our control. We do ofer an annual pass (30 per annum) which you may wish to consider if you are a regular visitor as this negates all the hassle of paying each time you visit. In the meantime, thank you for your continued patience.

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Cafe
  • Cafe open daily 10am to 3pm.
  • Cycling
  • Cycles welcome to use all paths - but please give way to pedestrians.
  • Horse riding
  • Dedicated grass horse trail.
  • Orienteering
  • Permanent orienteering course. Maps available from
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 1.50 per day or 30 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
  • Play area
  • Range of natural play features.
  • Walking
  • Range of easy access, hard surfaced trails.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets open during cafe opening hours (10am - 3pm daily).
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TQ660699
Postcode: DA12 3AN

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Jeskyns Ranger

01474 825118

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
7am to dusk - currently 5pm
1.50 per day or 30 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
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