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Explore Parkhurst Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

The attractive setting of the car park and adjacent picnic site is the start point for exploring the forest.


There are red squirrels in the forest and a hide, which is the perfect place to view all the local wildlife from.

Horse Riding

Horse riding is by permit. For more information on horse riding and to obtain a permit please contact TROT on 01622 735599 or visit

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Nice forest great area, Mrs and I walk the dogs there all the time, but recently we have noticed that the garage opposite is using it as a extra car park dumping them at the side of the road near the entrance, which ruins a perfectly nice day at a well maintained and cared for area out outstanding natural beauty.

Adam Hoshill, 6/Apr/2018
3 Stars 3 Stars

Hi this is a lovely place but we think with the addition of a park or activity area for children this would be amazing :-)

Annette & Matt, 7/Sep/2016

Walking the dogs today (Sunday) along the main path to the East?, along by the Prisons and heard a horrible noise that sounded like an animal being hurt. There was also a dog barking. Went to investigate and all went quiet so couldn't find anything. Other people have heard a significant noise today and Yesterday. Hoping that any walkers in the area can investigate to find out the cause.

Sue Wendes, 17/Apr/2016

Thank you for posting your comment, We haven't had any similar reports to date. Our Beat Forester will discuss this with his team and ask them to keep there eyes and ears open.

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Last updated: 29th June 2018

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Wildlife
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is by permit. For more information on horse riding and to obtain a permit please contact TROT on 01622 735599.
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