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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

3 miles

Trail is currently open

There is currently a diversion in place on the Red Phoenix Trail due to harvesting operations.

Trail description


The Phoenix Trail was named to commemorate the great storm of 1987.

There are two circular walks, the Blue easy access trail of 1.2km/0.75 miles and the Red longer trail of 5km/3miles. Each allows you to see the unique flora and fauna of the Sandlings. The longer trail will take you through plantations, heathland and wetlands. There is a short cut on the Red trail marked by white waymarkers.

The UFO trail is a 5km/3mile walk to stimulate your imagination and visit some of the areas connected to the UFO sighting in December 1980.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Lovely walk, good for dogs and just really enjoyable - off again today!

Steph Challinor, 22/Jan/2017

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Walking


OS Grid ref: TM354484
Postcode: IP12 3NF

Get directions


Alice Greenacre

0300 067 4965
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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.