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Latest News (25/09/2017 13:24)

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: turning golden turning golden

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:

https://www.facebook.com/rendleshamforestponytrekking/

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?

Hello is it ok if you ride a 125 cc quad bike around the forest

Josh, 6/Sep/2017

The use of the forests is governed by the Forestry Commission Byelaws and under these the use of quad bikes is specifically not permitted.

Forestry Commission Response

The forest visit is superb. Beautiful walks and well maintained paths. First time we have done the UFO trail and a lot of time has been spent making it fun and interesting. Gives you the information to make your own mind up about what happened here. Lovely place but if Im allowed one moan,then im sorry but it would have to be about the toilets. There are not enough and what there are, happened to be absolutely filthy. Not much fun paddling to the loo.yuck.

Gail Gray, 5/Sep/2017

We are sorry that you found the toilets to be unsatisfactory. We do appreciate that the number of toilets are sometimes not enough to meet demand and we are currently looking at options for increasing the facilities. We have a cleaner who visits the site every morning but I'm sure you can understand that during busy periods these are used by lots of visitors and the Recreation Ranger cannot always be on site to monitor the facilities.

Forestry Commission Response
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.

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Please email us at alice.greenacre@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

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Last updated: 14th October 2017

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