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Explore King's Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

There is a mature Beech avenue on the roadside and parking just off the B1106.

The Forest was named to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary. Fallow deer are common here.

The chalky soil supports a prolific flower population uncluding Wild Thyme, Bird's Foot Trefoil and numerous butterflies, such as Dingy Skipper and Brown Argus 

Harvesting Operations

There is currently a high level of timber harvesting being carried out in Kings Forest.  This is part of the sustainable management of the forest benefiting wildlife and producing British timber.  Please obey all signage for your safety and the safety of staff.

For more information and a map showing the harvesting area please visit our Forest Operations in East District web page


What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Quite breathtaking really, huge and mainly deserted apart from the deer and the birds. The only thing preventing me giving five stars is the absolutely appalling dog mess problem within about a half mile of the car park. It really is the worst I have seen in my travels across the UK, and something mentioned by people both here and on tripadvisor. Come on FC, what are you doing to combat this? Couldn't believe the number of people who can't read who let their dogs off the lead as well...

James, 25/Mar/2018

The Forestry Commission have a dog code which we encourage dog owners to follow. Dog owners are responsible for their dogs and know they should clear up after them. In the wider forest (away from car parks and picnic sites) we are happy for dog owners to stick and flick, i.e. take a stick and flick their dog's poo off the path and into the under growth.

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Love Kings Forest.the walking and exploring is wonderful. And watching the whole area change through the year is very special.

Please can the tracks be mown more, it's very prohibitive to exploring and enjoyment when the quieter tracks are substantially overgrown for most of the year.

Jenni Curtis, 8/Sep/2017

We are so pleased that you enjoy Kings Forest. The rides are mown at different times for different reasons. Some are kept long or mown less for conservation value. Other less used tracks may not be mown due to restricted resources or budget so we opt to mow the more popular rides. Other rides may be kept clear for forest operations to take place.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Hi. I boxed my horses up to ride in Kings Forest today but found it extremely difficult to find the horse riding tracks. Could you please tell me if you have any maps that clearly show the route for my next visit? It's such a lovely forest with amazing sandy tracks and was lovely to ride without seeing a car!

OL, 19/Aug/2017

There are no dedicated horse riding tracks at Kings Forest. You are allowed to ride any of the forest rides. We advise that you avoid narrow trails where maneuvering around walkers or bikes is difficult.

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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Horse riding
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Off of the B1106
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OS Grid ref: TL824749

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Nicky Russell

0300 067 4546

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the B1106

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