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Explore The Forest of Bere
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)


A mixture of woodland, open space, heathland, farmland and downland, it is the nearest and most accessible countryside for many of the residents of south-east Hampshire and  important to many different people for a variety of reasons.

Together with the remaining 19th century oak and modern 20th century conifer plantations, there are areas of retained scrub and coppice, streams, ponds and an extensive network of rides and paths.

The many habitats provide an excellent area for nature lovers, whatever the season.

There are walking and cycling opportunities within the forest, ideal for all abilities.

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.

Learning Opportunities

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.

Adventure play

The natural forest playground is now open in West Walk and is 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.


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.

What do other visitors say?

I have visited the woods today and I must say I am disappointed that there is no play equipment in the park, the area has become overgrown with lots of brambles. There used to be a van selling drinks which isn't here today. There was also a lot of dog mess as well. It's a shame as I have been here many times with the children and they have always enjoyed playing in the equipment. Will there be new equipment replaced?

Laura Logan, 24/Jun/2017

Thank you for your comment I have passed it to the Ranger for information. Regarding the play equipment we have set up a dedicated webpage which we will be updating as plans evolve. The web address is

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

My husband and I visited with my granddaughter recently 2017 having been to the forest on numerous occasions in the 90's up until about 2008. I was extremely disappointed with the extreme amount of dogs waste. Within 30 minutes of arriving our boots had all collected the waste even within the kids area, even the bench and table we sat to enjoy our lunch had dogs waste on the bench. Woodland as lovely as ever but totally ruined by irresponsible dog owners.

Anonymous, 7/May/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

We had a lovely time today - the kids enjoued the play areas and we had a great time walking on a number of the paths exploring the woods and dens - such a shame that dog walkers cannot be responsible and pick up and TAKE AWAY their animals waste - we counted over a dozen bags of waste just left in the bushes on our walk round - how difficult is it to take it home or dispose of it in the bin - and I'm sorry but they have not been left to collect on the way back ! Such a shame as ruins the area for us all.

Nikki, 16/Apr/2017
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Last updated: 25th May 2017

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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • The two West Walk 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.
    Parking meters take change only.
  • Play area
  • The natural forest playground in West Walk is 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 parks.
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OS Grid ref: SU597122
Postcode: PO17 6JD

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General Enquiries

0300 067 4601

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Car parks 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.
Parking meters take change only.

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