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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

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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.

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

We are currently taking advice from Natural England regarding the proposed modifications and 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.

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, 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. Click here for more details.

What do other visitors say?

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

Hi i was wondering where you could spot some adder snakes. I dont wish to harm them at all. I am just interested in snakes.

ben, 26/Apr/2015
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Last updated: 11/18/2015

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Camping
  • Cycling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Educational
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Walking
  • Toliets


OS Grid ref: TM354484
Postcode: IP12 3NF

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Alice Greenacre

0300 067 4965

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