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Explore Jeskyns
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Discover brand new woodlands, ponds, orchards and wildflower meadows at Jeskyns Community Woodland.  Come and watch it grow! 

Events and Activities


Fairies crossing, JeskynsFancy exploring a Fairy and Elf Village? Or how about joining one of our Forest School sessions?  Find details here.


Highway Rat Activity Trail

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Jeskyns. From the 1 December, head on a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Packs will be avaliable from the cafe for just £3.

Responsible dog owners welcomed!

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Jeskyns is a great place to have fun with your pooch.

Take a look at this page for everything dog related!

What do other visitors say?

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I love this place i come here with my mum and dad very often. My dog runs off a lot and i find that the play pens for the dogs are good.

Madeline Green, 26/Feb/2018

Thanks for your comments Madeline - glad you are enjoying your visit!

Forestry Commission Response

i came first time too this park in january 2018, we loved it. my dog is big and we love to walk large distances , open spaces and woods. i am often there around working so decided to buy yearly parking ticket. unfortunately last few time we have been, in the woods around someone was hunting or making some sound nosies, banging like. my dog got scared, he doesn't like fireworks, thunderstorm and any loud noises. i gave him few days break and we went today. as he got comfortable and i was hoping he forgot noise, we went to the woods. he didn't want to go, he must of feel something, on our way back it started. he run back towards the car, i couldn't follow him fast enough. people were telling me where he run and some lovely man asked if i need help. it seems like it is going to be constant so unfortunately we won't be coming back there. i can't put throughout this kind of stress my dog and i don't want to chase him or even loose him if the shooting is going to be in the middle of our walk and he gets spooked. it is a shame only i wasn't aware that there are people hunting so close to the areas where animals are. i despise hunters myself. if i knew i would never buy parking ticket for a year. disappointed.

justine, 20/Feb/2018

Sorry to hear about your experience Justine. Whilst we do not allow shooting on Jeskyns we obviously can't be responsible for neighboring land. I know that neighboring farmers often have bird scarers on newly sown crops, so this might be what you have been hearing recently. The good news is that they are not normally firing all year round so I do hope you will give us another try.

Forestry Commission Response
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Jeskyns is great for dogs. Mine loves it there. I haven't had any issues myself, but I have seen some owners who are terrified of letting their dogs near larger breeds. They quite clearly don't understand dog behaviour and instantly see larger dogs as threats, which is such a shame. Saw a lady screaming at a man with a german shepard and the poor dog wasn't doing anything wrong. Felt sorry for the owner too. I would suggest if they are that worried and feel the need to ask for dogs to be put back on leads, that they stick to the on lead area, or take them to the enclosed space. Shame they aren't able to socialise their dogs properly though because of their fears.

Rebecca, 7/Feb/2018
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Last updated: 18th February 2018

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Cafe
  • Cafe open daily 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • Cycling
  • Cycles welcome to use all paths - but please give way to pedestrians.
  • Horse riding
  • Dedicated grass horse trail.
  • Orienteering
  • Permanent orienteering course. Maps available from
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 1.50 per day or 36 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
  • Play area
  • Range of natural play features.
  • Walking
  • Range of easy access, hard surfaced trails.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets open during cafe opening hours (9:30am - 3:30pm daily).
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TQ660699
Postcode: DA12 3AN

Get directions


Jeskyns Ranger

01474 825118

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
7am to dusk. Closing time varies seasonally.
1.50 per day or 36 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
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