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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.

Schola Foris Archimedes

SFA is our new Learning Partner at West Walk and offer a range of activities for schools, colleges, groups and other visitors to the site. Their staff team has a great deal of experience in running outdoor learning activities including Forest School.
For more information about SFA and the opportunities on offer please go to www.sfa-cic.org or ring 01625 573086.

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.

Barbeques

There are two BBQs available for hire with prior booking only. Please contact us on 02380 283141 to check availability and to make a booking.

Catering

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, snacks and sandwiches. Click here for more details and opening times.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Just a great place for outdoor fun. My kids adore the woodland playground, (don't forget buckets and spades for the baby) and the addition of the kiosk makes it perfect.

Anonymous, 5/Sep/2013
5 Stars 5 Stars

Was absolutely amazing, lived up to the hype found here! The two little ones walked the furthest I ever think they have done- about a mile!- and we made 'Eeyore' a house out of twigs. We had a picnic on a well placed log on a old beaten trail a while into the forest and it was an experience the children couldn't have gotten anywhere else!!

Louise, 23/Jun/2013
5 Stars 5 Stars

Absolutely fab place, great for all the family, kids can play in the parks, great for all ages. Our springer loves foraging through the forest, great for riding bikes, having a picnic, long or short walks. :)

pixieminx, 29/Apr/2013
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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 1.50, 2 to 4 hours 2.50 and over 4 hours 4.00.
  • 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

Location

OS Grid ref: SU597122
Postcode: PO17 6JD

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Contact

Recreation Officer
01483 326266
kathleen.gradidge@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Gates open at 8am and close at dusk.
Parking
Parking charges are up to 2 hours 1.50, 2 to 4 hours 2.50 and over 4 hours 4.00.

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