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 www.forestry.gov.uk/england-learning.
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.
Whether you are a school or family there are lots of ideas and downloads to help you explore and discover the wood. To help you get started with your planning we have created an introductory slide show, lesson plans and a sample risk assessment. If you would prefer a guided visit our learning partners’ details can be found here.
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.
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?
Karen phillpot , 26/Jun/2016
Hello, I am after some information about your barbecue hire spots please within the forest of here hundred acres. Price/time slots etc please?...
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your question. Please contact our permissions department on either 0300 067 4645 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements and they will be able to answer your questions and check availability of the barbecue.
2 StarsGill Cousens , 1/Jun/2016
Lovely walk but had to leave earlier then wanted as the toilets where all closed and no catering van today 1st of June would have been much better if the facilities had been open
5 StarsAnnabelle, 22/Apr/2016
Really pleased to see above that the tree thinning has not yet finished, we were appalled at the state of the ground but now happy to hear that it will look much better on completion. We take our dog to West Walk woods most weekends and we all really enjoy it. As for people not taking home their rubbish, they should be ashamed of themselves. It not only looks terrible but it is detrimental to other people, children and wildlife.