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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

6 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

This walk circles the whole forest, and takes in some of its most beautiful areas. A perfect walk if you want to get away from it all and enjoy the ancient woodlands surrounding you.

The Woodpecker Trail is the longest of the walks at Salcey, so pull on your boots for a full flavour of the trees of Salcey. You'll meander through through oak, conifer, horse chestnut and a lovely area of beech as you enjoy your long walk through the woods.

The trail can get extremely muddy during Winter months, so please dress accordingly.  This trail follows a combination of surfaced and unsurfaced routes, so walking boots are recommended. Please be aware that horseriders and cyclists share part of its route.

Roe buck.As it is a long route, it is ideal for dogs, but please be considerate to the wildlife and keep them in sight at all times, as the quieter areas are favoured by some wildlife. Deer are seen here frequently, along with most of the bird species native to Salcey, including recent sightings of a red kite.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

What a beautiful walk. Just loved it. It was so peaceful and we saw a deer too. Highly recommended and pretty dry and not too muddy.

Took 2 hours 20 mins. Brian is very tired and currently in bed. He got very wet jumping in and out of the steams. NB Brian is a Labrador!

Ally and Brian, 20/Apr/2017

Your website fails to give any information about the wildlife that may/is likely to be present in the Forest.

John, 15/Mar/2017

Hello, There is a "Wildlife and Environment" page, which is part of the "About Salcey Forest" section: This is only indicative and we hope to have a more comprehensive description in the future.

Forestry Commission Response

Did this walk today and whilst quiet and beautiful it is a quagmire at the moment. I nearly lost a boot!

Anonymous, 4/Feb/2017

Hello, We're glad you enjoyed the walk and did not lose a boot! Unfortunately, with the Forest being on clay soil it can get very saturated in places at this time of year, which is why we advise people to dress accordingly.

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