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Places to go


With such a variety of places to visit across the region we've got something for everyone.

Top Ten Attractions

Beechenhurst Lodge. Forest of DeanBeechenhurst, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Beechenhurst is an ideal day out for the whole family with a café, walking trails and play areas. Beechenhurst is also the starting point for the famous Sculpture Trail, featuring pieces that celebrate and help us understand the life of the forest.



Cardinham is a beautiful mixed woodland, popular with local dog walkers, cyclists and horse riders.




Haldon Forest Park, Devon

Whether you want to explore the forest on foot, by bike, on horseback, or swinging through the canopy, you’ll find something for you just around the next tree!



Autumn colours at Mallards Pike Lake. Forest of DeanMallards Pike, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Picturesque lakes with mandarin ducks can be explored by several walking trails. Group boating activities can be booked at the lower lake. Go Ape, the high wire forest adventure course is also based here.



Families at play at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Dorset, New Forest FDMoors Valley Country Park, Dorset

A 750 acre multi-activity site set in the forest, on the doorstep of Ringwood.




The motte and bailey at Castle Neroche, in the Blackdown Hills. Peninsula FDNeroche, Devon & Somerset

The Neroche Scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and many local organisations. Led by the Forestry Commission and working closely with the local community, the Scheme is working to protect and celebrate the heritage of the area, and to provide opportunities for quiet enjoyment, education and training in countryside skills.


Families enjoying a picnic at Postern hill. Savernake forest. Forest of DeanSavernake Forest, Wiltshire

Visit Postern Hill in the ancient forest of Savernake on the outskirts of Marlborough. This beautiful woodland site offers the opportunity to combine barbecues, picnics and walking.



Families at the Peregrines viewpoint at Symonds Yat Rock. Forest of DeanSymonds Yat Rock, Wye Valley, Gloucestershire

Spectacular views, an iron age fort, peregrine falcons and beautiful woodland make Symonds Yat Rock a great place to visit for all the family.



Family walking in Westonbirt arboretumWestonbirt, The National Arboretum, Gloucestershire

Enjoy the magic: Westonbirt The National Arboretum is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world. An historic collection of over 3000 different tree and shrub species, many of which are rare or endangered in their native lands. Covering 600 acres, the arboretum is an inspiring place to relax, get back to nature and indulge your senses. You will want to return to explore time and time again ...

Wistlandpound reservoir, Exmoor. Peninsula FDWistlandpound, Devon

A quiet strip of woodland surrounding a reservoir on the edge of Exmoor there are two trails to follow here, including recently installed exercise equipment for all abilities.

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.