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.
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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?
4 StarsPhilip Miles, 4/Apr/2016
This is a great set of walks and I realise there may be reasons for not doing this but I think it would be great to have a couple of cleared areas at other points on the walks, not just near the car park.
5 StarsAnonymous, 4/Nov/2015
it is an amazing walk!!!
5 Starsjohn, 21/Aug/2015
Are we allowed to take a tent and camp out overnight deep in the woods?
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your query. Wild camping is not permitted in Forestry Commission woodlands as it is in breach of the Forestry Commission byelaws.