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Explore Wendover Woods
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

Come and explore Wendover Woods. If you're feeling energetic, try Go-Ape! Tree Top Adventure, orienteering, or our fitness trail assault course. There are also plenty of spots to admire the view or enjoy a picnic. 

Wendover Wood Site improvements

See how we hope to improve the woods and how the plans are progressing

Planning your visit

Get information about parking and facilities on site at Wendover Woods.

Walking trails

Most of the trails within Wendover Woods start and finish close to the central car park. Pick up a leaflet from site or download the map to help you navigate your way around the woods.

Highway Rat

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life on our forest trails. Follow panels and interact with the forest as you head on a journey with The Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. This is now live in Wendover Woods. To sign up for more information visit this link.

Please note that The Gruffalo Trail was removed at the end of November 2017. The Gruffalo Statue however still remains and can be found at the location designated on our Map. Our New Trail is The Highway Rat Trail, it is a story written by the same author as the Gruffalo. The Highway Rat Trail Activity Packs can be purchased from the Café

Cycling

We have a family cycle trail which is perfect for exploring the woods by bike.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure 

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor! Fly down zip-wires, leap off tarzan swings and tackle a variety of obstacles whilst enjoying breathtaking scenery. Min age 10yrs and min height 1.4m. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.

Play

The Children's Adventurous Play area has been removed. It will be relocated as a part of the development of the Cafe and Car Park work now underway on site. 

Activities and events

See what's on in the woods and get involved.

Café and barbecues

Refuel after your adventure at the Café in the Woods. Or perhaps have a barbecue? We have stands available free of charge, just bring food, charcoal and friends. See our leaflet for locations.

Forest classroom

Available to hire for educational space or meetings or small business uses.

Ranger In a Bag. 

These self-led resource backpacks provide all you need to run your own successful educational visit in the forest. Click here for more information. 

Early Years Teachers Pack

This pack is full of curriculum-linked activities for Early Years and Key Stage 1 educators. It provides tools to familiarise children with the forest and its environment in a fun and engaging way. Click here for more information. 

Events/Commercial Activities

Wishing to organise an event or start a business in Wendover Woods or another Forestry Commission woodland in the Chilterns? Please email us at wendoverwoods@forestry.gov.uk. A permit is required for events and business carried out on the Public Forest Estate.

What do other visitors say?

1 Star 1 Star

Awful place. Shambles. No central information point. Overworked cafe staff had to deal with enquiries. Mud everywhere and the final straw was the 3 cost for an activity pack which contained a piece of string and a bit of paper. Never again!

Duncan Gilfillan, 15/Apr/2018

We are sorry to hear that your experience of our forest environment was not to your liking. As part of the transformation of Wendover Woods our New Information point is currently being constructed opposite the café. We have been impacted over the winter months by some very poor weather and the Easter Holiday period was incredibly wet which has led to a muddy experience, which children do seem to be enjoying!

Forestry Commission Response

Myself and the kids love the woods and use the area for both fun and fitness. Visiting yesterday for nothing more than a muddy walk I could see the developments have now resulted in the play park being removed. Not overly well received but he younger amongst us however I am not one to stand in the way of progress . What was a concern was the parking machine which took 3 attempts inc payment before a ticket was issued. Not expecting a refund but please make sure this new tech is fit for purpose !

Nick, 3/Apr/2018

Many thanks for your comments. Young people do appear to enjoy a ‘muddy puddle’. There will be a new play trail in time. We will also be increasing staffing within the Forest Centre area to assist visitors with any difficulties.

Forestry Commission Response

Following the improvements the number of visitors & their dogs to the woods will more than double. Is there any plans to make it compulsory that dogs must be on leads as they do on National Trust sites? Following several incidents with off lead dogs and abuse from their owners I regret to say that I don't feel safe to walk my nervous dog in these beautiful woods. I also feel the local farmers would also appreciate such a ruling to protect their livestock.

Anonymous, 31/Mar/2018

I am sorry to hear you have had bad experiences in the woodland. Please feel free to contact the office 0300 067 4160 to report these so we can look into it. At present we do not have plans to request dogs on leads but we do work hard to promote good dog behaviour across our sites.

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Please tell us about your visit

Please email us at wendoverwoods@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

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Last updated: 5th March 2018

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Dogs
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets
  • Cycling
  • There is a 6 mile family cycle trail within Wendover Woods, open throughout the year.
    The trail is hilly in places and is suitable for those with a good level of fitness.
  • Mountain biking
  • For something a lot more challenging, then the adjacent Aston Hill Bike Park could be for you.
    Please note a pass is required to ride at Aston Hill Bike Park. Day or annual passes available on-site or from the Forest Office (Mon, Wed and Fri 9am to 1pm)
  • Horse riding
  • We have an 8-mile permissive horse trail within the woods. A pass is needed to ride in the woods. Annual permits and day passes are available from the local office on 01296 625825 (open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings).
  • Information
  • There is an information point located between the Cafe in the Woods and the Main Car park.
    An explore leaflet (with map) can be picked up here.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • There is an Iron-Age Hill Fort in the woods. Volunteers have been working hard to clear trees and scrub from the ditches and banks, so the monument can now be seen. Follow the hill-fort around to get a great view across the Aylesbury Vale.
  • Trail (easy)
  • Our easy access trail takes you through both broadleaf and conifer woodland, and finishes at our stunning viewpoint.
  • Walking
  • There are a number of trails that run through Wendover Woods, including The Firecrest Trail, Forest Fitness Trail and All Ability Hilltop Trail.
    Pick up a trail guide from the dispensers near the main car park.
  • Trail (moderate)
  • The Firecrest trail takes in a variety of habitats, and wends its way through the woods to the bottom and back up.
    Step into our Wildlife Hide to view woodland creatures.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SP890090
Postcode: HP22 5NQ

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Contact

Wendover Woods Office

0300 067 4160 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings) 07796 313507 all other times
wendoverwoods@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open every day. The Forest Drive is closed to vehicles on Christmas Day
Discovery Pass
£42 per year. Benefits include free parking all year, a discount in the Cafe in the Woods, 20% off Go Ape and 15% off Forest Holidays.

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