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Our top ten festive walks

We can’t think of anything better than a winter's walk after indulging in too many mince pies and Christmas TV specials over the festive period. So we’ve picked out the best walks we have to offer across the country to inspire you this Christmas.

Gather up your family and friends, a flask, your new winter woollies and head out to enjoy the forest together!


1. Bedgebury seasonal trail


Pick up your free guide from the visitor centre, including map, and learn all about Plant Hunters as you follow this fun trail. Only taking one hour at a leisurely pace and along surfaced paths, this is a great trail for those wanting an easy stroll before a hot chocolate in the café!

2. Forest of Dean sculpture trail

Sculpture trail

As you wander along this trail, look out for the stunning sculptures amongst the majestic oaks and towering Scots pines. Depending on how energetic you're feeling, take the short route and see the first six sculptures, or the longer route to see all twelve sculptures along the trail.

3. Forest of Dean highmeadow trail

Highmeadow trail

Made for the adventurous, this 11 mile circular walk takes you into the depths of the Forest of Dean and is perfect for those wanting some peace and quiet during the busy festive period.

4. Cardinham Wheal Glynn walk


Enjoy a short walk through some of the tallest trees in Cardinham Woods and the chance to take in some wonderful views over the forest. Remember to stop off at the cosy café for a drink before heading home!

5. Grizedale millwood trail


Perfect for pushchairs and wheelchairs, this short low level route, is a great for families and offers a beautiful view along the stream while you walk.

6. Kielder lakeside way

Lakeside Way

The Lakeside way, is one of England’s finest long distance paths. For the adventurous, it can be completed in one visit, taking 8 to 10 hours if walking. If you’re feeling more like a short stroll after one too many mince pies, then join at any point along the trail and just walk a short distance.

7. Alice Holt habitat trail

Alice Holt

A must if you have young children, the habitat trail is an exciting children’s route that passes wooden play sculptures. A great way to entertain your little ones!

8. High Lodge nature trail

High Lodge

If you or your kids love nature, this trail is perfect. As you walk, keep an eye out for the four types of deer that live in the forest, plus the small hide at the end of the trail is perfect for bird watching.

9. Westonbirt family trail


Marvel at the different types of trees in the old arboretum as you follow the family trail. Perfect for those with young children, you’ll also find sculptures of the characters from the Gruffalo story as you walk!

10. Great Wood red route

Great Wood

Ideal for those who enjoy a gentle stroll, spend an afternoon exploring Great Wood. As you walk, don’t forget to look up and admire the majestic Douglas firs, some of which are over 50 metres high!





Last updated: 14th December 2017

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