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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

West Walk is an ideal wood for a complete day out for all the family with walking trails, cycling and picnic spots.

West Walk at 350 hectares is the largest remaining fragment of the former Forest of Bere.

This site has been awarded a CLOtC Site Provider Award. The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) is the national voice for learning outside the classroom. This award recognises organisations which actively welcome schools onto their site/s for self-led visits and ensure that the sites and any other services provided meet the needs of schools. For more information, please visit

Adventure Play

Please click here for details on the removal of the play equipment.

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.

 Walking and Cycling

There are two way marked walking trails and plenty of natural paths to help you discover West Walk on foot or by bike.


There are two BBQs available for hire with prior booking only. Please contact us on 0300 067 4645 to check availability and to make a booking.


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 and opening times.

What do other visitors say?

Hello, I am after some information about your barbecue hire spots please within the forest of here hundred acres. Price/time slots etc please?...

Karen phillpot , 26/Jun/2016

Thank you for your question. Please contact our permissions department on either 0300 067 4645 or e-mail with your requirements and they will be able to answer your questions and check availability of the barbecue.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

Lovely walk but had to leave earlier then wanted as the toilets where all closed and no catering van today 1st of June would have been much better if the facilities had been open

Gill Cousens , 1/Jun/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Really pleased to see above that the tree thinning has not yet finished, we were appalled at the state of the ground but now happy to hear that it will look much better on completion. We take our dog to West Walk woods most weekends and we all really enjoy it. As for people not taking home their rubbish, they should be ashamed of themselves. It not only looks terrible but it is detrimental to other people, children and wildlife.

Annabelle, 22/Apr/2016
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Last updated: 24th February 2017

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Picnic
  • Toliets
  • Barbeque
  • The two BBQs are available for hire with prior booking only. Please contact us on 0300 067 4645 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.
  • 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 park.
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OS Grid ref: SU597122
Postcode: PO17 6JD

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General Enquiries

0300 067 4601

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Gates 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.

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