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Get free parking, discounts on events and much more with an annual Discovery Pass


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Explore Upperford Copse
(Average user rating: 2 unrated 2/5)

Mature Beech trees offer the visitor a pleasant An old beech tree in mixed woodlandwoodland walk at any time of the year. There is a stunning display of bluebells in the spring, which are well worth a visit. 

The nearest toilet facilities, picnic tables and a bookable BBQs are in West Walk. Please take care when crossing Heath Road.

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.

Adventure play

The natural forest playground in West Walk is suitable for children and young people of all ages. The playground 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 and opening times.

Meon Valley Railway

There is a link from the easy access trail to the old Meon Valley Railway line for the more adventurous user who may wish to access the wood from Wickham, or explore further into the Meon Valley.

What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

Having a pay and display is great, I'm more than happy to pay for parking, but many people do not carry change anymore nowadays. Why not have a card reader or a pay by mobile option, like ringgo or mobilepay?

Mr Willem Verhaak, 16/Mar/2018

Can parking payments be made through a mobile app or is it cash only ? If cash only what denominations/notes are accepted ?

Nick, 7/Sep/2017

Thank you for your question. The parking meters are cash (change) only and they take the following denominations of coins 2.00, 1.00, 50p, 20p 10p and 5p.

Forestry Commission Response

Does the Discovery Pass for West Walk cover all of the car parks in the FC Forest of Beer, such as Upperford Copse, or does it only cover the West Walk car park itself?

Anonymous, 30/Apr/2017

Thank you for your comment. Yes the Discovry Pass does cover Upperford Copse, West Walk and Woodend car parks.

Forestry Commission Response

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Last updated: 30th June 2018

Help us take care of your forest

What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Picnic
  • 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.
  • 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 park.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU589135
Postcode: PO17 6JZ

Get directions


Southern Permissions

0300 067 4601

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Gates 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.

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