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Explore Wyre
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

Wyre and its surrounding woodlands are fantastic places to enjoy the fresh air and and have fun outdoors. There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to Go Ape, learning and adventure play.

Discovery Centre and learning at Wyre

The Wyre Community Discovery Centre provides programmes for schools, holiday activities for families, and wildlife and craft courses for adults.

Walking trails

Discover Wyre on foot along one of our three waymarked walking trails.

Cycling

Explore Wyre on two wheels along the blue cycle trail.

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.

Horse riding

There are several horseshoe routes around the forest that link up to public bridleways.

Events

Come along and take part in a range of fantastic events from fungal forays to fairy tale trails and family dusk walks.

Play area

Children will have hours of fun in the adventure play area.

Wonderful wildlife

Much of the area is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)and many rare species of flora and fauna can be found here.

Downloadable activities

Download our fun activity sheets for children to help you get the most out of your visit.

Why not try

If you enjoyed Wyre why not get out and explore other forests in the area? There's Hawkbatch Wood, Shrawley Wood and Earnwood Copse.

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?

Having previously made many visits to the Visitor Centre and the family to the Go Ape course, I had read somewhere about the Gruffalo trail and took my 3 and 4 year old grandchildren yesterday, as they are big Gruffalo fans and were very excited. They came away extremely disappointed. They were expecting to follow a trail to find all the animals. For very little money and effort, this could be greatly improved. They were expecting to see the big bad mouse (Gruffalo child story), owl, fox and snake. All it needs is a logpile house with a bit of a pretend snake tail poking out, the fox`s house, with perhaps the tip of his nose visable, an owl sitting by his tree top house and some form of mouse, depending on the story. To have discovered all these things would have really made their day. We do happen to run holiday accommodation, and their is quite a shortage of places to recommend to take young children, without costing a lot of money, but I am sure with a bit of thought you could be onto a winner, encouraging children outdoors. I have not done a rating, as the Gruffalo would be no stars, but the rest would be 5.

Anonymous, 19/Jun/2015

We're sorry to hear that you were diasappointed with our "sleepy" Gruffalo Sculpture. We did have the Gruffalo Activity Trail here at Wyre in 2014 to help celebrate the 15th Anniversay of the Gruffalo book, so we apoligies if it may have been past information or advertisements that you had seen prior to your visit recently. We hope that you continue to enjoy visiting Wyre and enjoy our family trails in the future.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

The walks were lovely, however the toilets were disgusting and spoilt the day a little,

Vince Johnson, 2/Jun/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

lovly

peter, 8/May/2015
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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Educational
  • Information
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • Arboreta
  • Accessed from the Buzzard trail, the 2ha arboretum in the Wyre Forest has been managed by the Wyre Forest Society for over 20 years.

    It was originally situated there because of the location of the Whitty Pear tree, and recently the WFS has planted an avenue of Sorb trees to continue the sorbus genus theme.

  • Cycling
  • One way-marked family cycle trail 7.7km starts from the Visitor Centre.Follow the blue cycle markers

    More adventurous mountain biking can be undertaken at Kinlet North, access from Earnwood Car park.

  • Horse riding
  • Riders are requested to keep to the marked horseshoe trails and bridleways. Parking for horseboxes costs 4 per day. Day permits, trail maps and information on annual passes arranged in conjunction with the Worcestershire Bridleways and Riders Association are available from the Visitor Centre.
  • Orienteering
  • There are orienteering courses for the public to use at the Callow Hill and Hawkbatch sites, using maps available from the Forest Cafe for 1.50.
  • Picnic
  • There are picnic benches amongst the trees or you can picnic on the grassy lawn beside the Visitor Centre.
  • Play area
  • Adventure play area for small children, and woodpecker tower.
  • Walking
  • Wyre Forest Health Walks- every Tuesday and Sunday at 10.30 for 11am start.

  • Viewpoint
  • From Hawkbatch there is a stunning view across the River Severn, Trimpley Reservoir and Victoria Bridge.
  • Wildlife
  • Rated as one of the top three most ecologically important forests in Britain, along with the New Forest and the Forest of Dean.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SO750740
Postcode: DY14 9XQ

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Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
The car park opens at 7.30am every day and closes at dusk.

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