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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.

Adventure Play

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

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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.

 Barbeques

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.

Catering

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?

can someone tell me why the horse riding permit is so much? the path is overgrown and poor under foot

Anonymous, 20/Jul/2017

Thank you for your question and we are sorry that you feel the horse riding permit is expensive and the surfacing of the tracks is poor. Toll Rides Off-Road Trust (TROT) who you would have purchased the permit from set the prices for permissive riding in West Walk, and you may be best speaking to them about the permit cost http://www.tollrides.org.uk . However regarding the paths, there are a variety of tracks and trails throughout the wood. Some are wide with gravel underfoot, some are narrow with a natural surface which is clay, which can get soggy in wetter conditions. It is up to the individual to decide which track they wish to use depending on the weather conditions.

Forestry Commission Response

Completely understand that some play equipment had to be removed & funds are restricted. How about opening a 'justgiving' fund-raising page? I would happily start the ball rolling with a donation. Please think about it.

Ann L, 25/Apr/2017

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 southern.permissions@forestry.gsi.gov.uk with your requirements and they will be able to answer your questions and check availability of the barbecue.

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Last updated: 30th September 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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Location

OS Grid ref: SU597122
Postcode: PO17 6JD

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Contact

General Enquiries

0300 067 4601
enquiries.southern@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Gates open at 8am and close at dusk (please check on site signs for exact times).
Parking
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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