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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

During 2018 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

Bike hire

Bike hire is available at the forest from the main car park during weekends and Bank Holidays. They have high spec electric mountain bikes and high quality normal mountain bikes and tourers available to hire for 2 hours+.

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

Or call 07857 672803

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?

I was just wondering how much it is to hire bikes at rendlesham forest for 3 adults.

Thank you

Freya, 6/Jul/2018

Please call the number shown on the Rendlesham Forest website (found under Bike Hire)for all information on bike hire.

Forestry Commission Response

Just been to your site in High Lodge - Thetford (and what a lovely day) when are you bringing Go Ape to Rendlesham and make the place with more for the family to do?

Anonymous, 25/Jun/2018

We're glad you enjoyed High Lodge. However Rendlesham doesn't have the same large forest area and car parking space that High Lodge has and may not be able to cope with high visitor numbers brought in by attractions like Go Ape. Rendlesham would also need to charge a higher car entry fee inorder to sustain additional attractions and facilities which might not be appropriate at present. We do regularly review our forest sites to check they are delivering a good visitor offer.

Forestry Commission Response

Is there any information on when large parts of Rendlesham Forest will be reopened? It now seems closed both East of the old airfield and then South/West of the airfield making little available for walking, and seems like this for several weeks now.


Dr Peter Richardson, 24/May/2018

The eastern area around the UFO Trail has now reopened and the harvesters are currently working in the far south western area. There are still some harvesting operations to complete within south Rendlesham but the whole area north of the runway is open as well as the area north of the B1084 with parking at Butley Corner Car Park. We would encourage people to explore these areas while harvesting operations continue in the southern part of the forest.

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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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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)
  • 4.00 for all day parking and 2.50 for up to 2 hours - correct change only.
    Parking charges also apply to Blue Badge holders, horse box / trailer parking and coaches / minibuses.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TM354484
Postcode: IP12 3NF

Get directions


Alice Greenacre

0300 067 4965

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
GMT 08:00 - 20:00
The information hut is open weekends April-September & school holidays during the summer season.
4.00 for all day parking and 2.50 for up to 2 hours - correct change only.
Parking charges also apply to Blue Badge holders, horse box / trailer parking and coaches / minibuses.
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