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Top walks for tree lovers

We scoured the country for our top walks for tree lovers, showcasing some of the most beautiful varieties of trees. Download a map and discover the trees in our woods and forests. 


1: Delamere, Cheshire

Tree walk at Delamere

Delamere Forest has a fantastic variety of trees for you to admire as you wander around the forest’s sandstone paths. Learn how to identify trees such as Scots pine, the UK’s only native timber producing conifer, and the beautiful common beech known for its stunning colours. Remember to check out the amazing view over Blakemere Moss.
Map and guide: Download

2: Mortimer Forest, Shropshire

Tree walk at Mortimer

For a beautiful forest adventure head to Mortimer Forest. Starting from Vinnals car park, follow our winding walk and enjoy identifying the trees and discover the value they have for wildlife and timber. Did you know silver birch will only grow to 15 metres high whereas English Oak can grow to 30 metres?  
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3: Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean

Tree walk at Symond's Yat

With spectacular views across the River Wye and the forest beyond, Symonds Yat is a stunning place to visit. Follow our walk as it takes you into the heart of the woodland and identify wild cherry, silver birch and the magnificent English oak as you twist alongside the valley's edge.
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4: Leigh Woods, Bristol

Tree walk at Leigh Woods

Visit this popular wood on the outskirts of Bristol for a great day learning about this ancient woodland. This short loop will take you past one of the three native conifer species, the yew tree. You’ll also learn all about the sweet chestnut and how the romans used it to make ‘polenta’.
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5: Pages Wood, Thames Chase

Tree walk at Pages Wood

Explore Pages Wood the largest green space in Thames Chase, home to 100,000 trees. Learn how to identify some of these trees and their value to timber and wildlife as you follow our walk past hawthorn, larch, Scots pine and the beautiful silver birch.
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6: Livia, Manchester

Tree walk at Livia

Livia is the perfect place to escape the city for a day of peace and quiet. Discover more about local trees on our short walk around the woodland. As you stroll along the river, find out how to identify wild cherry, ash and oak trees.
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7: Lynford Arboretum, Thetford Forest

Tree walk at Lynford

Lynford Arboretum is a fantastic place to spend the day wandering through a collection of over 200 tree species, and looking out for a variety of wildlife. Learn how to identify the ornamental Japanese black pine and lodgepole pine plus many more.
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8: Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

Tree walk at Westonbirt

Being home to over 15,000 trees from all around the globe, Westonbirt Arboretum is a great place to learn all about trees. Follow our arboretum walk and find out about some of our favourite trees in the collection.
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9: Alice Holt, Surrey

Tree walk at Alice Holt

Try our  walk at Alice Holt and discover this lovely woodland. The walk will take you up into some of the forest's remote parts. Enjoy the peace and quiet in the forest as you learn all about western hemlock, sweet chestnut and more.
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10: West Walk, Hampshire

Tree walk at West Walk

West Walk is 350 hectares making up the largest remaining fragment of the former Forest of Bere. Spend the day learning about the trees in this forest situated just off the south coast.
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11: Cardinham, Cornwall

Tree walk at Cardinham

Cardinham is a beautiful mixed woodland. Our walk will take you deep into the woods to discover a mix of conifers and broadleaf species. Remember to stop off at the fantastic Woods Cafe to refuel after your adventure.
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12: St Helen's, Thetford Forest

Tree walk at St Helen's

St Helen's is a great base from which to explore the Little Ouse Valley between Brandon and Thetford, which has been designated a Forest Nature Reserve in recognition of its importance to wildlife. Before you head off exploring the trails, follow our short walk to find out more about the trees you'll see in the forest such as hawthorn, goat willow and many more.
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How to navigate using a tree

  • Look at the bark: A tree’s bark is usually darker on the northern side. You can also expect to see more moss on the moister northern side.
  • Look at the stump of a tree: The rings of the tree are usually thicker on the side which faces north.
  • Look at the leaves: Leaves on the shaded north side of a tree are usually darker, thinner and larger than on the opposite side.
  • Look at the shape: The south side of the tree will appear bushier, as the branches grow outward reaching for sunlight. The northern side will grow more vertically.

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Last updated: 22nd June 2017

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