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Latest News (23/11/2015 10:07)

CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS - we are currently temporarily unable to accept credit or debit cards when paying for car parking charges. Please ensure you bring adequate change to purchase a ticket for your visit. Please note Café in the Woods and Go Ape are unable to offer change. Our parking charges are £1.60 for 2 hours, £3.20 for 4 hours, £5.90 for an all day stay. Discovery Passes can still be purchased for £42 from Café in the Woods or from the Forest Office as normal. Click here for more details. We apologise for this inconvenience and we hope to have the replacement card payment system in place as soon as possible.

Colour rating today: going yellow going yellow

Come and explore Wendover Woods. If you're feeling energetic, try Go-Ape! Tree Top Adventure, orienteering, or our fitness trail assault course. There are also plenty of spots to admire the view or enjoy a picnic. 

Visit the Superworm trail in Wendover Woods! Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM!

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012From the creators of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, the hugely popular children’s story Superworm is in the forest until the end of November 2015.

Superworm tells the story of how a superhero worm and his mini-beast friends defeat the villainous Wizard Lizard. Sign up to be the first to hear more at

Stick Man is coming to the forest this winter!

Stick Man - Reproduced with the permission of Alison Green Books. An imprint of Scholastic Ltd. All rights reservedJoin Stick Man on his quest to make the family tree! Pick up an activity pack, follow the trail and complete fun activities along the way! 

Collect a Stick Man activity pack from the from the Forest Office or Café in the Woods before you set out on your adventure. It comes with lots of fun items including pipe cleaners to make your very own Stick Man! Packs cost £3.

Stick with us this season and enjoy lots of great value family days out. Discover twiggy trails, giant Gruffalo’s and much more! If you visit the forest regularly check out our annual forest Discovery Pass to make your visits even better value.

For more information visit the stickman website or speak to one of the local team on 0300 067 4160. The trail starts on the 1st December. 


Planning your visit

Get information about parking and facilities on site at Wendover Woods.

Walking trails

Most of the trails within Wendover Woods start and finish close to the central car park. Pick up a leaflet from site or download the map to help you navigate your way around the woods.


We have a family cycle trail which is perfect for exploring the woods by bike.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings. Take a look and book on our Go Ape page.


The Children's Adventurous Play area is set amongst the trees with challenges for children of most ages and abilities.

Activities and events

See what's on in the woods and get involved.

Café and barbecues

Refuel after your adventure at the Café in the Woods. Or have a barbecue? We have stands available free of charge or you can book one of our private bookable areas.

Children's parties

Celebrate that special birthday with a party in true 'Wild Style' with Green School

Forest classroom

Available to hire for educational space or meetings or small business uses.

Ranger In a Bag. 

These self-led resource backpacks provide all you need to run your own successful educational visit in the forest. Click here for more information. 

Site improvements

See how we hope to improve the woods and how the plans are progressing

Events/Commercial Activities

Wishing to organise an event or start a business in Wendover Woods or another Forestry Commission woodland in the Chilterns? Please email us at A permit is required for events and business carried out on the Public Forest Estate.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

Can you please tell me when the Stickman trail will be in Wendover Woods.

Mrs de Chenu, 22/Nov/2015

The Stickman Trail will be starting on the 1st December in Wendover Woods. You can pick up a trail pack from the Café in the Woods.

Forestry Commission Response

When do you start selling christmas trees?

Anonymous, 25/Oct/2015

The Christmas Tree Sales will start from the 28th November, in the main car park in the centre of the woods

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Great place and lovely walks but please sort out the ladies toilets. The extra toilets in the portacabin have been closed for the last two Sundays and the remaining two are not enough to cope with the number of visitors, particularly as there is only one handwash machine.

Sue, 25/Oct/2015
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Last updated: 11/25/2015

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Dogs
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets
  • Cycling
  • There is a 6 mile family cycle trail within Wendover Woods, open throughout the year.
    The trail is hilly in places and is suitable for those with a good level of fitness.
  • Mountain biking
  • For something a lot more challenging, then the adjacent Aston Hill Bike Park could be for you.
    Please note a pass is required to ride at Aston Hill Bike Park. Day or annual passes available on-site or from the Forest Office (Mon, Wed and Fri 9am to 1pm)
  • Horse riding
  • We have an 8-mile permissive horse trail within the woods. A pass is needed to ride in the woods. Annual permits and day passes are available from the local office on 01296 625825 (open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings).
  • Information
  • There is an information point located between the Cafe in the Woods and the Main Car park.
    An explore leaflet (with map) can be picked up here.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • There is an Iron-Age Hill Fort in the woods. Volunteers have been working hard to clear trees and scrub from the ditches and banks, so the monument can now be seen. Follow the hill-fort around to get a great view across the Aylesbury Vale.
  • Trail (easy)
  • Our easy access trail takes you through both broadleaf and conifer woodland, and finishes at our stunning viewpoint.
  • Walking
  • There are a number of trails that run through Wendover Woods, including The Firecrest Trail, Forest Fitness Trail and All Ability Hilltop Trail.
    Pick up a trail guide from the dispensers near the main car park.
  • Trail (moderate)
  • The Firecrest trail takes in a variety of habitats, and wends its way through the woods to the bottom and back up.
    Step into our Wildlife Hide to view woodland creatures.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SP890090
Postcode: HP22 5NQ

Get directions


Wendover Woods Office

01296 625825 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings)

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open every day. The Forest Drive is closed to vehicles on Christmas Day
Discovery Pass
£42 per year. Benefits include free parking all year, a discount in the Cafe in the Woods, 20% off Go Ape and 15% off Forest Holidays.

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