Forestry Commission logo

Discovery Pass

Discover the
freedom of
the forest…
every day of the year…

Get free parking, discounts on events and much more with an annual Discovery Pass


The ultimate free guide to our forests

Forest Xplorer running on iPhone and Android devices
Rendlesham Forest Slide Rendlesham Forest Slide

Explore Rendlesham Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

Latest News (25/08/2017 16:03)

The bike park is currently closed due to water damage and other maintenance issues. The site is therefore awaiting review in order to establish future works. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Colour rating today: still green still green

Feel good this autumn with activity sheets, forest trails and our mindfulness guide.

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

During 2017/18 harvesting operations will be taking place in South Rendlesham. The Rendlesham Harvesting Operations map will help you plan your visit.  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.

Please be aware that Seasonal Canine Illness can affect your dog during the autumn.

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. Find out more

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.

Picnics & barbecues

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

You may bring your own barbecue to use on one of the concrete bases found in the picnic area. Please complete and return a barbecue permit form available from the info hut when open or the main forest office.

Bear Grills Forest Caterer

Bear Grills family run caterer serving fresh hot and cold food, delicious cakes, tea, coffee, soft drinks & local ice cream in the heart of the forest.

Bear Grills can be found in the main car park during most summer weekends and school holidays.

Pony Rides

Rendlesham Forest Pony Trekking offers the opportunity for children and adults to explore the forest through led pony rides.

You'll find us adjacent to the main car park on summer weekends and some weekdays during school holidays (subject to fair weather and demand) from 10.00 - 16.00. Book your pony ride with Rendlesham Forest Pony Trekking as soon as you arrive to avoid disappointment!

Prices start from just £10 for a Forest Experience Arrive and Ride. Cash and card payments accepted on location. Age from 4 years.

Rendlesham Forest Pony Trekking are licensed under the Riding Establishment Acts (1964) and (1970) and are fully insured against liability. Riders are asked not to wear open toed shoes / sandals.

Please contact Rendlesham Forest Pony Trekking for details on dates they will be on site and for more information at:

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Yesterday (13/7/17) my wife and I walked the UFO Trail in Rendlesham forest and found this very enjoyable. The map in the UFO Trail booklet was useful and the trail itself was easy to follow. We felt that the free booklet dealt with a difficult to handle subject at just the right level. Thanks to all who were involved with the preparation, etc.

Carl and Judy White, 14/Jul/2017

Thank you for your positive comments - very much appreciated.

Forestry Commission Response

Is there any enclosed areas in rendlesham suitable for huskies. I need to find somewhere for my husky to be able to go mad and run around no ply as there is nowhere suitable in felixstowe

Carol rosen, 26/Apr/2017

We do not have any enclosed areas dedicated for dogs I'm afraid. You are welcome to apply for a husky training permit - please ring the office number for further information.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

It is a shame that so many trees are being cut down. I understand the need for the "crop" however no planting seems to be happening.

Anonymous, 10/Apr/2017

We do have a lot of harvesting operations taking place at the moment here at Rendlesham Forest. This is mainly thinning work and is happening over large areas due to the age of the trees. Following the gale in 1987 a lot of the forest was replanted around the same time so these trees are now all due to be thinned at the same time. We do have a programme of restocking but there is a two year delay after harvesting has taken place to avoid problems arising from the damage by adult Pine Weevil on newly planted trees.

Forestry Commission Response
More user comments

Please tell us about your visit

Please email us at if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

Email addresses will not be shown

Last updated: 13th September 2017

Help us take care of your forest

Get the latest news, information & offers

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.
    Please note that parking charges also apply to horse box / trailer parking and coaches / minibuses - 3.50 per vehicle.


OS Grid ref: TM354484
Postcode: IP12 3NF

Get directions


Alice Greenacre

0300 067 4965

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
GMT 08:00 - 20:00
3.50 for all day parking - correct change only.
Please note that parking charges also apply to horse box / trailer parking and coaches / minibuses - 3.50 per vehicle.
Discovery Pass
A 29 Discovery Pass will buy you daily parking for a year at no additional cost.

PDF Downloads

Useful sites

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

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