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

GruffaloGruffalo Trail

11 April – 30 September.  This is a self led trail suitable for ages two to six.  Please note there will NOT be a Gruffalo sculpture on this trail.  Visit the Forestry Commmission Gruffalo sculpture page to find your nearest sculpture.  For more info visit our Jeskyns Gruffalo page.

Latest News

Click the link on the left for up to date information about the changes taking place at Jeskyns including the cafe build, car park charges and a fun new Dog Activity Trail.

Events and Activities

Whatever the season join us for fun and informative events and activities such as autumn seed collections, spring bird walks or summer pond dipping sessions.

Responsible dog owners welcomed!

Jeskyns 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?

Nature watching

The song of the Skylark is a constant presence at Jeskyns. It  provides an idyllic sound track to accompany a spot of nature watching in this vastly improved landscape. 

What do other visitors say?

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We went to the grand opening of the Gruffalo trail today! It was pathetic!!!! There is NO Gruffalo to find, no other creatures or aspects related to the book to see - you follow a picture of a Gruffalo round the park (not even any woods!) and look at logs with 'activities' on. Terrible Laughable! And the ■2 fee for a folded up poster is ridiculous!

Mrs Drydean, 11/Apr/2014

Thank you for your feedback and we are very sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the Jeskyns Gruffalo Trail. The free trails which are at many Forestry Commission sites across the country are designed to be self-led with activities for children to complete at each of the 10 panels, learning about the forest as they go. Jeskyns is a newly planted woodland, not yet a "deep dark wood" and so the activities do require a little more interpretation here than many other Forestry Commission forests, but we hope that you did at least enjoy the free craft activites provided that day by our volunteers. Thank you again for your feedback.

Forestry Commission Response

I've not been to jeskyns for a while but have heard you have to Pay now, could you tell me how much it is please?

Laura, 2/Apr/2014

Car park charges are not in force yet - they are due to be introduced this summer. Charges are yet to be confirmed, but we will ensure that we are competitively priced to neighbouring green spaces.

Forestry Commission Response

why no toilets?

sarah fincham, 29/Mar/2014

There are toilets attached to the cafe building (near car park). These are open daily during the cafe opening hours of 10am to 4pm.

Forestry Commission Response
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Last updated: 04/16/2014

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What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • 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
  • Play area
  • Range of natural play features.
  • Walking
  • Range of easy access, hard surfaced trails.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TQ660699
Postcode: DA12 3AN

Get directions


Jeskyns Ranger

01474 825118

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
7am to dusk (closing times vary according to daylight hours)
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified