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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

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West Walk is an ideal wood for a complete day out for all the family with walking trails, cycling, picnic spots and adventure play areas. 

West Walk at 350 hectares is the largest remaining fragment of the former Forest of Bere.

This site has been awarded a CLOtC Site Provider Award. The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) is the national voice for learning outside the classroom. This award recognises organisations which actively welcome schools onto their site/s for self-led visits and ensure that the sites and any other services provided meet the needs of schools. For more information, please visit

Discovery Pass

If you are a regular visitor to the forest you could soon make a saving on car parking with our annual parking pass - the Discovery Pass.
Support your local forest, get car parking for a year, local and national discount offers and a seasonal e-newsletter.

Walking and cycling

There are two way marked walking trails and plenty of natural paths to help you discover West Walk on foot or by bike.

Adventure play

Children will have great fun in the adventure play area with its large oak tree house, wooden playhouses, wigwams, sand pit, climbing wall, bridge and shingle stream.


There are two BBQs available for hire with prior booking only. Please contact us on 0300 067 4645 to check availability and to make a booking.


The Great Big Food Company is now operating in West Walk car park.
Open 9am to 5pm (weather permitting) at weekends during October - May and 7 days a week during June - September. They offer hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. Click here for more details and opening times.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

it is an amazing walk!!!

Anonymous, 4/Nov/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Are we allowed to take a tent and camp out overnight deep in the woods?

john, 21/Aug/2015

Thank you for your query. Wild camping is not permitted in Forestry Commission woodlands as it is in breach of the Forestry Commission byelaws.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Please can you tell me about the wildlife in west walk as propose ma visit with my daughter

many thanks

Anonymous, 1/Jul/2015

The forest is home to lots of interesting animals including woodland birds such as nightjar and woodcock. There are also bats on site and amphibians in the ponds. We also have deer and lots of squirrels!

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Last updated: 11/04/2015

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Picnic
  • Toliets
  • Barbeque
  • The two BBQs are available for hire with prior booking only. Please contact us on 02380 283141 to check availability and to make a booking.
  • Cycling
  • Cycling in the forest is informal (no marked route). Cyclists may use any track they deem suitable for their bikes ability and themselves. Surfaces can be very muddy in the winter.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is by permit only and is informal (no marked route). Riders may use any track that they feel is suitable for the ability of their horse and themselves. It is recommended that riders new to the forest take the map supplied with the permit when entering the forest. Surfaces can be muddy in the winter. Carriage driving is possible with permission. To apply for a riding permit please contact TROT on 01622 735599.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Parking charges are up to 2 hours 1.80, 2 to 4 hours 3.50 and over 4 hours 5.00.
  • Play area
  • The new natural forest playground was opened in time for half term. Suitable for children and young people of all ages, it has a huge oak tree house, wooden playhouses, wigwams, sand pit, climbing wall, bridge and shingle stream. Please supervise children at all times and remember that dogs are not permitted in the play areas.
  • Walking
  • The Old Oak Trail is not surfaced and is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. In wet weather the trail will become muddy and suitable footwear should be worn. Guide maps are available in the car park.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU597122
Postcode: PO17 6JD

Get directions


Southern Permissions

0300 067 4601

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Gates open at 8am and close at dusk (please check on site signs for exact times).
Parking charges are up to 2 hours 1.80, 2 to 4 hours 3.50 and over 4 hours 5.00.

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