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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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Gruffalo Orienteeering Course

GruffaloJoin in the fun from 15th July 2016 with our self led Gruffalo Orienteering Course. Course maps available for purchase from the cafe (£1.50).  Sign up to hear more about our Gruffalo activities!

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?

Just a comment regarding dogs on leads.

I cannot believe the arrogance of some folk who completely disregard this rule for the areas where it is marked that they should be on leads and swan around as though they own the joint.

Personally I think the signs should be made bigger and be more blunt because they should not have any wiggle room for excuses - fining them or banning them would be good too although I understand that is unlikely to be enforceable.

I appreciate that approaching folk is not a nice thing to do and I certainly appreciate you doing it and hopefully for the majority of people its an honest mistake and they will comply but then you get the idiots who think you are stamping on their 'god given rights' and take exception.

he rules are the rules - if you don't like it find another park!

Peter, 15/Jul/2016

Our Rangers do spend as much time as possible on site enforcing the on leads zone and we have just printed a copy of visitor complaints in relation to this issue to give to people we see not abiding by the rules to enable them to see the issue from others points of view. Rest assured e will keep trying!

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I've noted that a husky meet takes place on a sunday. Im just wondering if our great dane could join in? She really needs to meet dogs who can run and handle her 10 month old playfulness!!!

Vicky huckle, 4/Jun/2016

The group is mainly huskies, but I know that they are very welcoming to all dogs. Go along and introduce yourselves!

Forestry Commission Response

We love Jeskyns and regularly walk our dogs in the Orchard. We meet lots of friendly people and dogs and it is great for socialising the dogs. Dogs can be off the lead and have a good run and play and the signposts clearly state "dogs off lead". However, our walk was spoiled recently by a cyclist who came up behind us ringing his bell. Our dogs were away in front of us so my husband politely asked the cyclist if he could wait whilst we put the dogs on their leads so they didn't get in his way. The cyclist was then very rude and told us our dogs should be on leads anyway in the Orchard. We know dogs can be off lead there but can you clarify what the situation is for cyclists there? It clearly states the paths are footpaths and dogs can be off leads.

Marilyn Berry, 16/May/2016

Thank you for posting your comments. To clarify, dogs are allowed off lead in the orchard area (south of Jeskyns Road) so long as they are always under close control. Cyclists are allowed to use the surfaced tacks but should always give way to pedestrians. Sounds like the cyclist was a bit impatient and rude - luckily most of our visitors are more polite so we hope you don't have to encounter him again, but do get in touch if you have any further issues with him.

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Last updated: 18th July 2016

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Cafe
  • Cafe open daily 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • 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 (9:30am - 3:30pm 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 9pm
1.50 per day or 30 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
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