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Explore The Forest of Bere
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)


A mixture of woodland, open space, heathland, farmland and downland, it is the nearest and most accessible countryside for many of the residents of south-east Hampshire and  important to many different people for a variety of reasons.

Together with the remaining 19th century oak and modern 20th century conifer plantations, there are areas of retained scrub and coppice, streams, ponds and an extensive network of rides and paths.

The many habitats provide an excellent area for nature lovers, whatever the season.

There are walking and cycling opportunities within the forest, ideal for all abilities.

Discovery Pass

If you are a regular visitor to the forest you could soon make a saving on car parking with our annual parking pass - the Discovery Pass.
Support your local forest, get car parking for a year, local and national discount offers and a seasonal e-newsletter.

Learning Opportunities

Whether you are a school or family there are lots of ideas and downloads  to help you explore and discover the wood. To help you get started with your planning we have created an introductory slide show, lesson plans and a sample risk assessment.  If you would prefer a guided visit our learning partners’ details can be found here.


The Great Big Food Company is now operating in West Walk car park.
Open 9am to 5pm (weather permitting) at weekends during October - May and 7 days a week during June - September. They offer hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. Click here for more details.

What do other visitors say?

Do disabled blue badge holder pay for parking ?

roger wetherick, 30/Aug/2017

Thank you for your question. Disabled parking is free in the Forest of Bere, just display your blue badge as normal.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi I try to contact you regards booking a BBQ, the phone number is not right as it disconnects me all the time. Could you please give me the right one to book the place?

Dorothy, 24/Aug/2017

Thank you for your question The phone number you require is the main office number, which is: 0300 067 4601.

Forestry Commission Response

Can you please advise if we need a permit ride the bridleways? If so how do I obtain one and how much? We are bringing 2 ponies just for one day. Thanks

Anonymous, 1/Aug/2017

Thank you for your question, which was left on our website regarding riding permits for the Forest of Bere. If you are only riding on bridleways/byways then a riding permit is not required. However should you wish to ride tracks other than these e.g on Forestry Commission land, you will need to contact Trot (Toll Rides Off Road Trust) who administer our horse riding permits on our behalf. Their website is or you can phone them on 01622 844999 Should you have any further queries regarding horse riding in the Forest of Bere please contact out Permissions officer on or via phone 0300 067 4601

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Last updated: 31st August 2017

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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • The two West Walk BBQs are available for hire with prior booking only. Please contact us on 0300 067 4601 to check availability and to make a booking.
  • Cycling
  • Cycling in the forest is informal (no marked route). Cyclists may use any track they deem suitable for their bikes ability and themselves. Surfaces can be very muddy in the winter.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is by permit only and is informal (no marked route). Riders may use any track that they feel is suitable for the ability of their horse and themselves. It is recommended that riders new to the forest take the map supplied with the permit when entering the forest. Surfaces can be muddy in the winter. Carriage driving is possible with permission. To apply for a riding permit please contact TROT on 01622 735599.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Parking charges are up to 2 hours 1.80, 2 to 4 hours 3.50 and over 4 hours 5.00.
    Parking meters take change only.
  • Play area
  • The natural forest playground in West Walk is suitable for children and young people of all ages, it has a huge oak tree house, wooden playhouses, wigwams, sand pit, climbing wall, bridge and shingle stream. Please supervise children at all times and remember that dogs are not permitted in the play areas.
  • Walking
  • The Old Oak Trail is not surfaced and is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. In wet weather the trail will become muddy and suitable footwear should be worn. Guide maps are available in the car parks.
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OS Grid ref: SU597122
Postcode: PO17 6JD

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General Enquiries

0300 067 4601

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Car parks open at 8am and close at dusk (please check on site signs for exact times).
Parking charges are up to 2 hours 1.80, 2 to 4 hours 3.50 and over 4 hours 5.00.
Parking meters take change only.

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