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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

2.8 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Starting in the main parking area take this moderately challenging trail through the many different habitats within Wendover Woods.

Bedgebury Dawn Chorus FirecrestIn the areas of Norway Spruce you may be lucky enough to see the elusive Firecrest bird. It is an migrant to this country and can only be seen during its breeding season, between April and August.


The trail also winds through an area of grassland that becomes a profusion of wild flowers in the summer. A small seasonal pond close by makes an interesting resting point to watch the hive of wildlife activity, with changing flora and fauna throughout the year.

BLUEBELLS UNDER BEECH. WENDOVER WOODS. SPRING. SE ENGLAND FD Further along the trail, enjoy the Bluebells in spring beneath the Beech and the peaceful location of the bird hide.

Download our free walking map for the Firecrest Trail

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

the firecrest trail after about a mile then splits 3 different ways ... left right or straight on past somebodys house .. not signed at all !! so spun round and walked back ! come on Wendover stick some bloody signs up!!

david b , 7/Jan/2018

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that your experience of our Firecrest Trail was not satisfactory and you felt unable to complete the full trail. This is very disappointing to us because our firecrest trail is one of our most popular trails. Maps of all our trails can be obtained from the information point located in the core area, free of charge. These usually assist with the trail finding process. Waymarkers are situated at strategic points around the trails to help wayfinding but we seek not to over mark the trails as this detracts from the adventurous element of walking a trail.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Some of the trails are better way marked than others. The leaflet or board diagram at the car park only give you an idea. For the less confident more detailed leaflets would be well used. Today I did the Firecrest trail which was super and well signposted. However I always have my compass with me and ordnance survey map sometimes3PR

Helen, 22/Oct/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

First time at Wendover Woods. I'm on a fitness/health kick and decided to get in the car and go for a nice walk. Started to follow the fitness trail but went a little off track and to the bottom of the hill. Going back up the hill was steep but amazing endurance training for me. For 3.30 to park and amazing views I think I will make this a weekly thing :-)

David City, 8/Sep/2016

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What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • Walking
  • Trail (moderate)
  • Viewpoint
  • Cafe
  • There is a Café adjacent to the start of the trail.
  • Dog bin
  • There is a dog bin next to the start of the trail.
  • Horse riding
  • Some of the paths are shared by riders
  • Picnic
  • There are benches to sit on along the route.
  • Wildlife
  • There is a hide three-quarters of the way round.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SP 887 105

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Wendover Woods Office

0300 067 4160 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings) 07796 313507 all other times
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