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NEWS RELEASE No: 147414 JULY 2011

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Exploring the nation’s beautiful woodlands should be something that everyone gets the chance to regularly do.  However some people may find navigating a forest isn’t easy, for example those with limited mobility or families with small children in pushchairs. 

To ensure that everyone gets the chance to explore the woods safely and in comfort,  Forestry Commission has a number of easily accessible routes across its estate all over England,

Here are our Top Ten of the fantastic easy access trails/sites available:

  1. The Discovery Trail at Haldon Forest Park near Exeter
  2. The Challenge Trail at Discover Wistlandpound near Barnstaple
  3. Easy Access paths around the whole of Westonbirt Arboretum
  4. Blackwater Sensory Trail, New Forest
  5. Easy Access Discovery Trail at Alice Holt near Farnham
  6. The Pinetum Trail and Play Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum near Etchingham
  7. Easy Access Trail, St Helens at Thetford Forest in East Anglia
  8. Route to Health trail at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire
  9. White Trail at Sherwood Pines Forest in the East Midlands
  10. Revelin Moss Trail at Whinlatter Forest in the North West

Details on these and other easy access routes can be found on the Forestry Commission website at .

In addition, certain forests have added facilities for people with limited mobility such as trampers and wheelchairs that can be hired out, including Haldon Forest Park near Exeter and Westonbirt Arboretum.  

Some sites offer Segway tours, which are a fun way to explore the forest and ideal for those who are not able to walk very far, details on these can be found the on the Forestry Commission website

Forestry Commission Chair Pam Warhurst says:

“England’s forests are there for everyone to enjoy and it is our aim at the Forestry Commission to get as many people as possible out and about in our forests, enjoying the health and wellbeing benefits this brings.  Most importantly it’s about having fun!  It is important that people of all ages and with any level of mobility get the chance to explore and our wide range of fully accessible trails means that they can.”



  1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  Further information can be found at

  2. Forestry Commission England supports the UN’s International Year of Forests and Love Forests –
  3. For further images please contact Faye Thomas, 01173 721085

Media Contact:
Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission 01392 834249.