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Explore Parkhurst Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

The attractive setting of the car park and adjacent picnic site is the start point for exploring the forest.


There are red squirrels in the forest and a hide, which is the perfect place to view all the local wildlife from.

Horse Riding

Horse riding is by permit. For more information on horse riding and to obtain a permit please contact TROT on 01622 735599 or visit

What do other visitors say?

Walking the dogs today (Sunday) along the main path to the East?, along by the Prisons and heard a horrible noise that sounded like an animal being hurt. There was also a dog barking. Went to investigate and all went quiet so couldn't find anything. Other people have heard a significant noise today and Yesterday. Hoping that any walkers in the area can investigate to find out the cause.

Sue Wendes, 17/Apr/2016

Thank you for posting your comment, We haven't had any similar reports to date. Our Beat Forester will discuss this with his team and ask them to keep there eyes and ears open.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

We have always loved Parkhurst Forest having enjoyed our walks there for over 40 years. We do think the dog mess is a problem though. There are two bins on the path going north-west from the car-park, but nothing on the paths going east and west. Extra bins in these locations would help.

Ben and Linda Houfton +Tilda the dog, 9/Oct/2013
5 Stars 5 Stars

Anonymous, 10/Jun/2013

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Last updated: 7th March 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Wildlife
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is by permit. For more information on horse riding and to obtain a permit please contact TROT on 01622 735599.
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OS Grid ref: SZ472906

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