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Latest News (24/03/2017 09:29)

Due to unforeseen circumstances the main car park will have a later opening time of around 10:00 over the weekend.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Explore Rendlesham on foot or by bike. Play equipment and a cycle park will give you a forest experience with even more fun! 

Harvesting Operations this Autumn and Winter

Check out our Harvesting Operations  page for an updated Forest Operations map.  Always obey warning or restriction signage around the forest.

Dog Walking

Walking your dog is a great way to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. With miles of paths to explore in our forests, there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend behind next time you’re planning a day out.

Walking trails

There are two circular walks, the blue easy access trail of 1.2km/0.75 miles and the longer red trail of 5km/3miles. Both will take you through plantations, heathland and wetlands. The UFO trail will stimulate your imagination and take you to some of the areas connected to the UFO sighting in December 1980.

Cycling & bike park

The two cycle routes of varying distance and difficulty criss cross the forest. The bike park is an exciting place for experienced cyclists to develop their skills. There is something for cyclists of all ages.

There is no bike hire facility at Rendlesham.

Out of this world play

The play areas can be found near to the car park and provide a challenge for all ages with a tube slide, obstacle course, swings, zip-line and much more.

Wonderful wildlife

Rendlesham is home to two important bird species, the Nightjar and Woodlark.


After your forest adventure take your family and friends for a relaxing picnic.

Volunteering Opportunities

Enjoy the forest, learn new skills and meet new people…. Get stuck in and help make the forest a fantastic place for people and wildlife. Click here for more details.

Please tell us about your visit

Please email the Rendlesham Recreation Ranger if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.


What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Visited Rendlesham Forest today for the 1st time with my puppy. We followed the UFO trail. It's a beautiful walk but for me it was slightly ruined by the amount of dog poo left around. I had to carry my dogs poo with me for most of our walk due to the lack of dog bins (found only one at the start of the trail).

Anonymous, 12/Mar/2017

Our forest code is to bag and bin your dog's waste where you can or 'stick and flick' it when you are deeper into the woods.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

beautiful place defiantly recommend

Anonymous, 15/Feb/2017

Thank you for your comment. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Do you allow weddings in rendlesham forest

Jon, 8/Feb/2017

I'm afraid we do not have the capacity to host weddings here at Rendlesham. Some other Forestry Commission sites are able to offer this facility such as High Lodge.

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Last updated: 22nd December 2016

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Camping
  • Cycling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Educational
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 3.50 for all day parking - correct change only.
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OS Grid ref: TM354484
Postcode: IP12 3NF

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Alice Greenacre

0300 067 4965

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Opening Times:
GMT 08:00 - 16:00
3.50 for all day parking - correct change only.
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