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Latest News (23/03/2017 10:19)

Tree Felling - There will be an area of tree felling taking place adjacent to the Play Area from Monday 27th March. The Play area will be closed for public safety for the week, reopening Saturday 1st April. This is the start of our visitor improvement works. For more information, please see our website.

Gruffalo Trail - unfortunatley due to vandalism, our Gruffalo trail is missing 6 signs. The trail is still in place and is currently still working with the app. We are working to get replacements as soon as we can, and apologise for the inconvenience.

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.  

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. 

Site improvements

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

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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Would be nice if there was weekend education for adults, the very people who should be teaching thier kids instead of relying on others. Camping, bush craft, identification skills would all be well desired, camping both in the woods and near by fields should be encouraged, and support of reintroduction of wild animals should take place in and around these woods

Anonymous, 9/Mar/2017

Thank you for your suggestions. We are planning improvements to the woods which will support education in the future. We currently work with many groups to provide training and until recently we had a bushcraft instructor training in the woods. The woods are designated as a local wildlife site and are full of wildlife, both common species and more rare like the Firecrest or glow-worms.

Forestry Commission Response

want to take my 3 yr old on the gruffalo trail, has anyone done it yet also with a push chair? 8 also have a 3 month old! I'm not local so do not wish to travel that far to be u able to do the trail and visit the play ground. Can anyone advise? ;)

Jamie, 23/Feb/2017

Hello, the majority of the Gruffalo Spotters Trail can be done with a buggy, but there are several short sections that can be muddy with puddles in wet weather, and may pose a challenge to light weight buggies. All terrain buggies with large wheels should be fine.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

A decent forest and no more waste bins needed. It is easy to take away your own rubbish and not leave any trace. "Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua." As man disappears from sight, the land remains. ~Maori Proverb

Anonymous, 16/Jan/2017
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Last updated: 16th February 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
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