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Explore Rendlesham Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

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

Harvesting

Forest Operations in Rendlesham will begin to affect some of the trails as from Monday December 8thThe last section (approx. ¼ mile) of the F.I.D.O. Cycling Trail will be closed from 5/12/14 for much of December and into the New Year. Diversion signs will be in place.  The UFO Trail is ‘likely’ to be closed from late December to mid-February, and the last section of Tang Cycling Trail will be diverted during this period. Sorry, but we are unable to be more precise about these dates.

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.

Friday Street Modifications Update

 An online discussion was held by the Forestry Commission during July and August 2014 to invite feedback on planned modifications at the threshold of the bridleway entering Rendlesham Forest from Friday Street.  While now closed, the discussion is still available to view online along with the feedback results.

Next Steps

  • The FC cannot allow parking to continue on the bridleway at Friday Street for the reasons outlined in point 2 of the feedback results and will take steps to uphold the bridleway designation
  • The FC will continue with the proposal to create an informal parking space near the bridleway threshold and look at the possibility of slightly increasing the original proposal of 4 cars.
  • The FC will share the feedback and conclusions from the discussion with the Highways Authority, Police and local Rights of Way Officer.

Current progress

Previously it was thought the modification work would take place in November, however the Forestry Commission are still awaiting feedback from the Planning and Enforcement Team at Suffolk Coastal and District Council before work can proceed.

We will keep interested parties updated on progress through the Rendlesham Forest webpage.

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.

Hired bikes may be used on the Forest Trails, but not on the Bike Park.You are asked to bring your own for riding on the Bike Park.

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.

Picnic

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?

Good afternoon - I know the forest a little bit and was looking for maps of the trails, but neither seems to download. pdf files are not usually a problem, though my computer is running Windows 8.1 which is not always compatible with other things. Any suggestions gratefully received. Thanks

Peter Richardson, 6/Nov/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

took 2 young children for an afternoon on the bikes. Had a brilliant time, my 4 yr old son completed the tang trail without any problems. Space to eat and play afterwards was just excellent. Off again very soon,

sharon, 2/Aug/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great little spot. We had a great time on our bikes and a tasty ice cream. What more could you want? A UFO? Yeah they have one of those too!

Gavin Mitchell, 1/Aug/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
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OS Grid ref: TM354484
Postcode: IP12 3NF

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Nigel Turner

01394 450164
nigel.turner@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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