Explore Rendlesham Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Explore Rendlesham on foot or by bike. Play equipment and a cycle park will give you a forest experience with even more fun!

Walking trails

There are two circular walks, the blue easy access trail of 1.2km/0.75 miles and the longer red trail of 5km/3miles. Both will take you through plantations, heathland and wetlands. The UFO trail will stimulate your imagination and take you to some of the areas connected to the UFO sighting in December 1980.

Cycling & bike park

The two cycle routes of varying distance and difficulty criss cross the forest. The bike park is an exciting place for experienced cyclists to develop their skills. There is something for cyclists of all ages.

Out of this world play

The play areas can be found near to the car park and provide a challenge for all ages with a tube slide, climbing wall, obstacle course, swings, zip-line and much more.

Wonderful wildlife

Rendlesham is home to two bird species, the Nightjar and Woodlark.


After your forest adventure take your family and friends for a relaxing picnic.

Volunteering Opportunities

Enjoy the forest, learn new skills and meet new people…. Get stuck in and help make the forest a fantastic place for people and wildlife. We are currently looking for a Volunteer Ranger at Rendlesham Forest and the Sandlings. Click here for more details.

Important site information

Harvesting is due to continue for sometime in Rendlesham Forest and it will affect some trails in the working week. Harvesting does not take place during weekends and public holidays. Please observe site signage during the working week.

What do other visitors say?

Just to comment that the modest parking fee for a whole family is excellent value there are great kids playgrounds a BMX track and of course miles of signposted trails and even the chance to take in a bit of cold war history. These facilities don't maintain themselves and it is a really great place to spend a day

Andy Graham, 7/Apr/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

A great day out, ■3.30 car parking all day is very reasonable when you can easily spend a whole day exploring the miles of forest paths and play areas.

mark holland, 17/Mar/2014

I am not going to visit ...the parking charge is too much

Anonymous, 27/Jan/2014
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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Camping
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Dogs on lead
  • Educational
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Buses
  • Services 160 & 182
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • All day parking for 3.30
    Cash only parking meter
  • Train station
  • Nearest station is Woodbridge
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TM354484
Postcode: IP12 3NF

Get directions


Nigel Turner

01394 450164

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
GMT 08:00 - 20:00
All day parking for 3.30
Cash only parking meter
Discovery Pass
A 27 Discovery Pass will buy you daily parking for a year at no additional cost.

Useful sites

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