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The Church Path Trail
(Average user rating: unrated unrated)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

1.5 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

*Due to machinery working on site for your safety, route diversions will be in place from 9th October up to 14th November. This will affect the Elephant Walk, the Church Path Walk, the Woodpecker Trail, the Cycle Trail and the Horse Trail. The rest of Salcey Forest, including the Salcey Forest Cafe, is open as usual*

This is a fantastic circular walk, which takes you to the fallen Church Path Oak - this is one of Salcey's famous "druid" oaks, and was thought to be 400 years old when it finally fell, in 1995.

The walk leads you through semi-natural ancient woodland where you can view a vivid colour display from the native oak, ash and hazel trees. You take a path which skirts around Salcey lawn – a relic of the medieval hunting lawn. The walk then passes a ‘folly’ bench at the crossroads next to the Church Path Oak – perfect for a rest whilst sheltered under your very own thatched roof!

You can choose to take a very short waymarked detour which takes visitors past the elephant pond - named as such because it is where elephants bathed from a local travelling circus, after they were enlisted to help extract timber during the Second World War – onto the tree top way. The tree top way is a wooden boardwalk rising to 15m above ground level, finishing with a viewing platform at 20 meters with views over the forest and the surrounding countryside; a fantastic way to see the different autumn colours from a bird’s eye perspective.

Coming down from the boardwalk, you then pass an area where four small-scale fairy huts are located – perfect for younger children to explore. Coming to an end, the walk then loops back to where you started.

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Information
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Trail (moderate)
  • Toliets
  • Parking (chargeable)
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OS Grid ref: SP795514
Postcode: NN7 2HX

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