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Dales Wood Trail

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

3 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

The Dales Wood Walk is 3-miles long, which starts at the top of the car park. Around each corner you turn you will find different types of trees, flowers and wildlife.

Bluebells at Silk Wood in WestonbirtThe start of the walk is particularly good for Bluebells and Orchids in springtime. Other sections are bordered with gently trailing hazel, showing off their long catkins in spring and hiding their round, brown nuts in autumn.

You will walk past gnarled, old oak trees and stately Scot’s pine, together with many more species. Butterflies love the more open areas which catch the sun in summer.

There are some moderate hills in places. However, most of the trail is on level ground, and all is surfaced. Although this trail is surfaced, the gradients and unevenness of the trail may make it difficult for a wheelchair or a pushchair.

If you wish, you can take a short detour to the Wildlife Hide, where you can view birds such as coal tit on the feeders or possibly deer on the lawn in the distance. You often see the greater spotter woodpecker in nearby trees.

Download our free walking map for the Dales Wood Trail

What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Dogs
  • Educational
  • Toliets
  • Baby Changing
  • Baby changing is available in both the ladies' and gents' toilets.
  • Buses
  • A bus and coach parking area is to the left of the main visitor centre, parking charges apply.
  • Camping
  • Available for groups at the Danish Shelters
  • Caravan Site
  • Caravan Club Site
  • Horse riding
  • There is special parking for horseboxes, parking charges apply.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • There are 5 easy access parking bays 60m from the main visitor centre entrance. Blue badges and parking tickets must be displayed.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 1 hour 1.50
    All day 4.00
    After 5pm 1.50
    Coaches 10
  • Picnic
  • Bring a rug and have your picnic sitting on the grass and enjoy the sun.
  • Play area
  • There are two play areas at Fineshade, one for young children next to the visitor centre and an exciting tree house play area in the woodland for older children.
  • Walking
  • A 3 mile trail through the inclosure which is a mixture of conifers and broadleaves, old and young, with some open areas making it a beautiful and interesting pleasant walk. This path has been graded as moderate with some rough patches and occasional, short, fairly steep slopes.
  • Visitor centre
  • Open 10am till 5pm, throughout the year, except weekdays from November till February, where it closes at 4pm.
  • Wildlife
  • We have an all access wildlife hide on site. Red kites can be seen most days throughout the year.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SP978984
Postcode: NN17 3BB

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0300 067 4340
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