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

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

Harvesting Operations

We currently have a diversion on the FIDO cycle trail and some delays to Forest Operations.  Check out our Harvesting Operations  page for an updated Forest Operations map.  Always obey warning or restriction signage around the forest.

Business Opportunity

We are inviting Expressions of Interests from businesses to provide mobile catering at a number of our picnic areas or small forest car parks.  Visit the Forestry Commission Business Opportunities page for more information. 

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.

There is no bike hire facility at Rendlesham.

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, 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. Click here for more details.

What do other visitors say?

Can we horse ride in the forest? Do you have parking for horse lorries and is there a charge please?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks


Carole Collier, 17/Mar/2016

Please contact the office using the number on the right of this screen.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi there

I am due to bring Eyke Pre school along to Rendlesham forest this afternoon at 12.30pm for there Summer trip. We were unable to fit in for the forest schools but we're told we could come along for a picnic. They told me that car parking would be sorted out if I let them know how many were coming. I still haven't heard anything back. There will be about 30 children and most children will be accompanied by there parents.

Please could someone get back to me reference parking.

Thank you

Laura Ali

Laura Ali, 14/Jul/2015

Please contact our office using the number on the right of this page. Thanks.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Love tunstall trail great fun. Does anybody got down now and then to fix things up if so I wouldn't mind helping out keeping it in tip top shape for everyone who's enjoys it as mush as I do.

Dom, 24/May/2015
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Last updated: 15th August 2016

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Camping
  • Cycling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Educational
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 3.50 for all day parking - correct change only.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TM354484
Postcode: IP12 3NF

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Alice Greenacre

0300 067 4965

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
GMT 08:00 - 20:00
3.50 for all day parking - correct change only.
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