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Explore Wendover Woods
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

Come and explore Wendover Woods. If you're feeling energetic, try Go-Ape! Tree Top Adventure, orienteering, or our fitness trail assault course. There are also plenty of spots to admire the view or enjoy a picnic. 

Wendover Wood Site improvements

See how we hope to improve the woods and how the plans are progressing

Planning your visit

Get information about parking and facilities on site at Wendover Woods.

Walking trails

Most of the trails within Wendover Woods start and finish close to the central car park. Pick up a leaflet from site or download the map to help you navigate your way around the woods.

Gruffalo Spotters at Wendover Woods

From 22nd February, follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Wendover Woods

Cycling

We have a family cycle trail which is perfect for exploring the woods by bike.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure 

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor! Fly down zip-wires, leap off tarzan swings and tackle a variety of obstacles whilst enjoying breathtaking scenery. Min age 10yrs and min height 1.4m. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.

Play

The Children's Adventurous Play area is set amongst the trees with challenges for children of most ages and abilities.

Activities and events

See what's on in the woods and get involved.

Café and barbecues

Refuel after your adventure at the Café in the Woods. Or have a barbecue? We have stands available free of charge or you can book one of our private bookable areas.

Forest classroom

Available to hire for educational space or meetings or small business uses.

Ranger In a Bag. 

These self-led resource backpacks provide all you need to run your own successful educational visit in the forest. Click here for more information. 

Early Years Teachers Pack

This pack is full of curriculum-linked activities for Early Years and Key Stage 1 educators. It provides tools to familiarise children with the forest and its environment in a fun and engaging way. Click here for more information. 

Events/Commercial Activities

Wishing to organise an event or start a business in Wendover Woods or another Forestry Commission woodland in the Chilterns? Please email us at wendoverwoods@forestry.gov.uk. A permit is required for events and business carried out on the Public Forest Estate.

What do other visitors say?

Utterly disappointed at my family's visit today the so called Park area was shocking trees cut down very little to do and not suitable for disabled children.

Anonymous, 8/Jul/2017

We are starting an exciting series of improvements to our site including new café, new toilets, new all inclusive play trail, a new car park, and a site office. The trees have been cleared to relocate the car park out of the centre of the area used by our visitors, to provide a safer more attractive vehicle free space. The work will be taking place over the next year and it will cause some disruption. These plans have been out to consultation and tailor to meet the needs of our visitors. The improvements will improve the provision all round. I am sorry you didn't enjoy your visit but hope you will visit once the work has been completed.

Forestry Commission Response

Is horse riding permitted?

Daisy, 23/Jun/2017

Yes, we have a permissive horse riding trail. For more information please visit our website at https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/englandbuckinghamshirenoforestwendoverwoodsmainentrancehorsetrail or give us a call at the office on 0300 067 4160.

Forestry Commission Response
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Dear sir,

We Japanese school visited your beautiful place on 9th June as a part of school curriculum. When students were walking around with special missions done by us teachers, my colleague happened to see the couple having a sex in a bird watching hut in a purple trail. He was really upset and shocked about it. Of course we told students not to pop in it with another reason. When we went there a month ago, the hut was sealed with yellow tape and was closed. We hope you will find a proper solution to stop it, though it is difficult.

Kind regards,

A Sekine

Ms Akiko SEKINE, 11/Jun/2017

I am very sorry to hear of your experience. It sounds like your colleague managed the situation well in the circumstances. I will make the team aware and we will monitor the situation going forward. The tape was when the building was closed for repair, which was recently completed. I am sorry you missed visiting the hide on that occasion.

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Last updated: 12th July 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Dogs
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets
  • Cycling
  • There is a 6 mile family cycle trail within Wendover Woods, open throughout the year.
    The trail is hilly in places and is suitable for those with a good level of fitness.
  • Mountain biking
  • For something a lot more challenging, then the adjacent Aston Hill Bike Park could be for you.
    Please note a pass is required to ride at Aston Hill Bike Park. Day or annual passes available on-site or from the Forest Office (Mon, Wed and Fri 9am to 1pm)
  • Horse riding
  • We have an 8-mile permissive horse trail within the woods. A pass is needed to ride in the woods. Annual permits and day passes are available from the local office on 01296 625825 (open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings).
  • Information
  • There is an information point located between the Cafe in the Woods and the Main Car park.
    An explore leaflet (with map) can be picked up here.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • There is an Iron-Age Hill Fort in the woods. Volunteers have been working hard to clear trees and scrub from the ditches and banks, so the monument can now be seen. Follow the hill-fort around to get a great view across the Aylesbury Vale.
  • Trail (easy)
  • Our easy access trail takes you through both broadleaf and conifer woodland, and finishes at our stunning viewpoint.
  • Walking
  • There are a number of trails that run through Wendover Woods, including The Firecrest Trail, Forest Fitness Trail and All Ability Hilltop Trail.
    Pick up a trail guide from the dispensers near the main car park.
  • Trail (moderate)
  • The Firecrest trail takes in a variety of habitats, and wends its way through the woods to the bottom and back up.
    Step into our Wildlife Hide to view woodland creatures.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SP890090
Postcode: HP22 5NQ

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Contact

Wendover Woods Office

0300 067 4160 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings) 07796 313507 all other times
wendoverwoods@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open every day. The Forest Drive is closed to vehicles on Christmas Day
Discovery Pass
£42 per year. Benefits include free parking all year, a discount in the Cafe in the Woods, 20% off Go Ape and 15% off Forest Holidays.

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