Type of Website: Forest

www.open-walks.co.uk/Directory/Forests/

Category:Forests
Discover

The Category Forests is a subset of Protected Areas in the UK. Click HERE to find a List of the Titles of all of the Forests which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

forestryandland.gov.scot/visit

Category:Scotland
Overview

'Scotland's National Forest Estate covers nearly 9% of Scotland and comprises forests, woodland and open ground. It's a national treasure and it's our privilege to be looking after it.'

www.forestryengland.uk/search-forests

Category:England
Overview

'Our forests and woodlands offer walks for all ages and abilities, from spectacular mountain hikes and sheltered pinewood trails to quiet streamside paths that meander under old oak trees ...

www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/forests-and-outdoor-recre...

Overview

'Walking is a highly popular activity in Northern Ireland forests. There are maps, apps, guides and booklets with information about various walks, trails and activities to enjoy in forests.'

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nidirect

www.ashdownforest.org/enjoy/walking.php

Category:Wealden
Overview

'The Forest offers the visitor wide open spaces, far-reaching views, deep-sided rushing ghylls and tranquil wooded areas. Each season brings its delights from the scent of the heather in full bloom on a hot summer's day to the mysterious misty days of autumn and winter. Walk away from the car parks and you could easily walk for hours without seeing another person!'

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Ashdown Forest

www.forestryengland.uk/bedgebury

Category:Rother
Overview

'Adventure in a world of trees. Open all year, Bedgebury is perfect for cycling, walking, riding and playing in a spectacular world of trees ... '

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Forestry England

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/belvoir-park-forest

Overview

'Belvoir Park Forest is a working forest within a city. It is a vibrant forest with a variety of wildlife and a range of tree specimens within easy reach of Belfast's outer ring road ... There are several way marked trails, starting and finishing at the forest car park.'

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www.hiwwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/bouldnor-forest-nature-reserve

Category:Isle of Wight
Size (acreage)95
Overview

'Discover exciting wildlife in this fascinating reserve with a prehistoric past ... Wander along the forest tracks between the pine trees to look and listen for unusual birds such as crossbill, goldcrest and raven. You may glimpse the iconic red squirrel leaping from branch to branch. With no introduced grey squirrels on the Island, their smaller cousin thrives here ...'

See also

Bouldnor Cliff [Wikipedia]

www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/explore/a-walkers-paradise/river-walks...

Category:Carmarthenshire
Size (acreage)16000
Overview

'Brechfa Forest covers some 6500 hectares and is looked after by Forestry Commission Wales [now Natural Resources Wales] for the benefit of people, wildlife and timber production. There are walking and mountain bike trails for you to enjoy.'

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Discover Carmarthenshire

www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/enjoy-outdoors/walking/our-walks/wa...

Category:Scarborough
Overview

'Get a birds-eye view of gorgeous Harwood Dale from the escarpment edge on a circular walk (just under 6 miles) that starts and finishes in the shade of Broxa Forest ...'

www.buteforest.org.uk

Category:Buteshire
Overview

'Bute Forest is located on the north end of the Isle of Bute. The community owned land merges with that owned by other parties and the paths, trails and interesting sites run throughout.'

Description from

Bute Community Land Company

www.forestryengland.uk/cannock-chase-forest

Category:Cannock Chase
Overview

'The prefect starting point for a woodland walk. From a gentle stroll around the Route to Health with lots to see and do, to longer walks around the picturesque Fairoak or Sherbrook valleys.'

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Forestry England

forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/cardenden

Category:Fife
Size (acreage)320
Overview

'This wooded valley is an important link between the former mining communities of Cardenden, Dundonald and Chapel on the edge of Kirkcaldy. There's an enticing network of paths through the mixed woodland of colourful broadleaves and conifers, including an easy stroll along the Den Burn, and the wood is full of history and wildlife. Find the remains of 16th century Carden Tower high above the burn and enjoy sweeping views across to the Lomond Hills. Our guide map of Cardenden will help you explore.'

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Forestry and Land Scotland

www.outdoorni.com/local-outdoors/venues/castlewellan-forest-park/

Size (acreage)1100
Overview

'The forest park has a 7.5 mile (12 kilometers) walk trail network featuring breath-taking views to the Mourne Mountains as well as some of the oldest and rarest existing trees in the British Isles ...'

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/cookstown-forest

Category:Mid Ulster
Size (acreage)520
Overview

'This Forest totals 210 hectares and comprises several forest blocks around Cookstown ... The component blocks are; Drumcairne, Drumconvis, Lissan, Birchwood and Springhill on the outskirts of Moneymore. These are generally lowland forests and have a variety of conifer and broadleaved species.'

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nidirect

www.crychanforest.org.uk/crychanforest/

Category:Brecknockshire
Overview

'The Crychan Forest and neighbouring Halfway Forest is set in beautiful countryside nestling between the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains. Here miles of waymarked trails take you through tranquil grassy gorges, along old drover’s routes and past cascading waterfalls, taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains of Mid Wales. The Forest is beautifully situated at the gateway of the Cambrian mountains, on the border of the Brecon Beacons National Park ... Access onto the Epynt Way can be made at 3 locations from the waymarked trails in Crychan Forest. This greatly increases the opportunity for exploring the area, the open country of the military ranges provides a contrast to the forest environment.'

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Crychan Forest Association

forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/culbin

Category:Nairnshire
Size (acreage)7800
Overview

'Culbin is free to visit and is open all year round. It's located along the Moray Firth coastline east of Nairn and west of Forres ... You can spend all day here going as far as you can, but Culbin is also somewhere to enjoy losing track of time ..

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Forestry and Land Scotland

www.cwmcarnforest.co.uk

Category:Caerphilly
Overview

'Cwmcarn Forest has some of the best walking in Wales. Choose from the 12 mile circular "Raven Walk" encompassing Cwmcarn Forest and the Sirhowy and Ebbw Valleys or take the "Coal, Celts and Contrasts" which takes in the impressive Twmbarlwm mountain or shorter walks in and around the Forest.'

www.forestryengland.uk/dalby-forest

Category:Ryedale
Overview

'Situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. The southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a "Rigg and Dale" landscape whilst to the north the forest sits on the upland plateau.'

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Forestry England

forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/dean-plantation

Category:Fife
Size (acreage)200
Overview

'This long-established forest is an attractive mix of conifers and broadleaved woodland. It’s a great place for a walk or cycle, and you can get here straight from town along the West Fife Cycle Way. Come in May to see the haze of bluebells along Pitfirrane Dean burn.'

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Forestry and Land Scotland

See also

West Fife Way [Sustrans]

www.forestryengland.uk/delamere-forest

Overview

'Delamere is an ideal place to go for a walk. Whether you're looking for an easy going trail for all abilities, a hike to admire the view or a bit of peace and quiet to observe the wildlife ... There are dry sandstone paths, lots of mature trees to shade or shelter under depending on the weather and the forest of Blakemere for bird watchers ... Use our Forest Guide to find walking and cycling routes.'

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Forestry England

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/Pages/default.aspx

Category:Epping Forest
Size (acreage)6000
Overview

'London’s largest open space, at approximately 6,000 acres. The forest stretches 12 miles from Manor Park in east London to just north of Epping in Essex. '

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City of London Corporation

forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/fauldhouse

Category:West Lothian
Size (acreage)1470
Overview

'Cycling is popular here, but it's great for walking and horse riding too: come and find peace and quiet among the trees, or superb views of the Breich Valley from the higher ground.'

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Forestry and Land Scotland

forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/forests-around-aberdeen

Category:Aberdeenshire
Overview

'Every city needs to breathe, and Aberdeen’s lucky to have four great forests right on the doorstep. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re looking for a quiet green place for a run among the trees, somewhere for children to play or some exciting mountain biking'

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Forestry and Land Scotland

forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park

Overview

'Enjoy the chance to go on a peaceful stroll on one of our woodland trails, or if you fancy something a little more strenuous, why not head out to the hills and climb the Merrick, south Scotland's highest peak. With over 100 different walks to choose from, there is something for everyone. More details of all of the Galloway Forest Park walks are available in the Forestry Commission's Out and About Guide to Galloway Forest Park... With 27 waymarked trails to choose from, there is something suited to every walker.'

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Forestry and Land Scotland

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/glenariff-forest-park

Overview

'Glenariff, the Queen of the Glens, is one of the nine Antrim Glens. Glenariff Forest Park covers over 1000 hectares, with planted woodland, lakes, outdoor recreation spaces and conservation areas.'

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nidirect

forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/forest-parks/tweed-valley-forest-park/g...

Category:Peeblesshire
Size (acreage)2800
Overview

'Glentress Forest is one of the best mountain biking venues in the UK and the trails here have won a number of awards. There are also five lovely waymarked walking trails, with views of the Tweed Valley and wildlife watching opportunities.'

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Forestry and Land Scotland

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/gortin-glen-forest-park

Overview

'Six miles north of Omagh at the western gateway to the Sperrin mountains ... The Ulster Way passes through part of the forest.'

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nidirect

getactiveabc.com/facility/gosford-forest-park/

Size (acreage)600
Overview

'In 1958, Forest Service acquired Gosford Demesne. Prior to this, the Earls of Gosford owned the estate for centuries. They were descendants of the Acheson family who established woodland, parkland and edifices on the estate. Gosford Forest Park offers visitors paths and trails to see these historical features, and the mix of conifer and broadleaf woodlands, with its diverse flora and fauna.' ALERT 'Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council is taking over the management of Gosford Forest Park on 1st January 2019. We look forward to meeting our customers, providing excellent services and developing a further range of activities in the Forest Park.'

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Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

www.thegreattrossachsforest.co.uk/great-trossachs-path/great-walks/

Category:Stirlingshire
Overview

'If you want to get close to nature, to experience the tranquillity and beauty of The Great Trossachs Forest in your own time, then walking is the way to go ...

'The Great Trossachs Path offers many ways for everyone to enjoy the magic of the Trossachs, the spectacular landscape and its rich history. Embedded in heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, The Great Trossachs Path has short, long and circular routes of various lengths and challenges. These trails are a series of loop walks each with its own unique character and beauty- from lochside paths, woodland trails to hilltop vistas. The Great Trossachs Path has it all and all within an hour's drive from most of Scotland's population.'

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The Great Trossachs Forest

www.forestryengland.uk/guisborough-forest

Overview

'Guisborough is a perfect place for a walk with access up on to the North York Moors and beyond. There are 3 waymarked walks around the forest through a range of different woodland types or why not venture up to Roseberry Topping.'

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Forestry England

www.forestryengland.uk/haldon-forest-park

Category:Teignbridge
Size (acreage)3500
Overview

'Whether you're looking for play and adventure or a bit of peace and quiet to observe the wildlife, we've got a Trail for you.'

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Forestry England

www.forestryengland.uk/hamsterley-forest

Category:Bishop Auckland
Size (acreage)5000
Overview

'2000 hectares of mixed woodland lying between the Wear and Tees valleys on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hamsterley is a delightful oasis of broadleaved and coniferous woodland, sprawling along the sides of a sheltered valley.'

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Forestry England

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatfield-forest

Category:Uttlesford
Overview

'Run, jog or saunter along the many paths through Hatfield Forest. Follow the Tree Walk or the Forest Walk our two popular waymarked trails. You can download them before your visit or purchase a laminated copy from our shop.'

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National Trust

heartwood.woodlandtrust.org.uk

Category:St Albans
Size (acreage)850
Overview

The Largest New Native Forest In England  'Heartwood Forest is located either side of the B651 between Sandridge and Wheathampstead Village and 2.5 miles north of St Albans City Centre in Hertfordshire. There are currently 12 different entrance points into the forest which are well linked to existing footpaths and bridleways.'

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Woodland Trust

www.friendsofkingswood.org

Category:Ashford
Size (acreage)1500
Overview

'A coppiced ancient woodland which was once the hunting ground of King Henry VIII, is now the site of an exciting arts project [which used to be] managed by Stour Valley Arts. It features sculptures which draw on the natural landscape and materials and creates art which works with the countryside rather than imposing upon it. A three mile green route not only takes in the art works, but also reveals the full beauty of the wood itself and links into other walks including the shorter "brown route".'

Description from

The Friends of King's Wood

See also

King's Wood (Challock) [Fancy Free Walks] | Woodlands [Ashford Borough Council]

oneplanetadventure.com/trails-2/

Category:Denbighshire
Overview

'Coed Llandegla Forest provides a range of routes suitable for walkers of all abilities and fitness levels: Reservoir Walking Route (2.5 miles); Black Grouse Walking Route (2 miles); Intermediate Walking Route (2 miles); Long Walking Route (7 miles).'

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Oneplanet Adventure

discovernorthernireland.com/Lough-Navar-Forest-Derrygonnelly-Enniskill...

Overview

'Within the Lough Navar Forest are many way-marked walking trails highlighting short and longer walks. Particularly lovely is the Blackslee Waterfall Trail which is edged with deciduous scrub and so in springtime there are many primroses, anemones, wild garlic, bluebells and violets.'

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Discover Northern Ireland

www.macclesfield-forest.co.uk/activities.html

Category:Cheshire East
Overview

'Macclesfield Forest is a excellent place for outdoor activities including horse riding, walking, cycling, fishing and bird watching including the Peak District's largest heronry at Trentabank Reservoir. Two walk descriptions with maps are linked to ... They can be combined with longer routes including Wildboarclough Village and the Goyt Valley and towards Tegg's Nose and the popular Gritstone Trail.'

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United Utilities

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/parkanaur-forest-park

Category:Mid Ulster
Size (acreage)500
Overview

'A mixed coniferous and broadleaved woodland of almost 200 hectares, located four miles west of Dungannon ... There are several way-marked walks and an ecotrail starting and finishing at the main car park.'

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nidirect

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/rostrevor-forest

Size (acreage)4200
Overview

'There are three waymarked trails, which vary in length from two kilometres to seven kilometres, and take the visitor to various areas within the Forest to enjoy the many magnificent views and beautiful woodland.'

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nidirect

sherwoodforestvisitor.com/100-best-walks-in-sherwood-forest/

Size (acreage)450
Overview

'Whether it is spring, summer, autumn or winter, Sherwood Forest is a great place to walk or ramble with its are many all-weather paths and gentle hills. There is no better way to see Sherwood Forest and its landscape than to walk or ramble through it.'

See also

Sherwood Forest [Nottinghamshire County Council]

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/slieve-gullion-forest-park

Size (acreage)2500
Overview

'For the walker there is a route that leads on the top of Slieve Gullion Mountain, where a passage grave, cairn and volcanic lake can be found. For the less energetic a leisurely walk around the walled garden is a must, as is a 2km walk through the mostly broadleaf mature woodland.' Note that this Link has been changed from the original Site referenced.

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nidirect

forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/tentsmuir

Category:Fife
Size (acreage)3900
Overview

'You can find pine-scented forest, windswept sands and a wonderful range of wildlife at Tentsmuir. The trails are ideal for walking, family cycling or horse riding. If you're lucky you may see squirrels in the trees and seals basking on the sand ... '

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Forestry and Land Scotland

www.thameschase.org.uk/discover/walking

Category:Havering
Overview

'18 months ago a small team of volunteers were set up to promote walking throughout the Thames Chase Community Forest. Professionally produced walking guides were created and are available to download or pick up from the Thames Chase Visitor Centre. The guides include a sketch map, step-by-step walking guides and notes on the history and ecology of the walking area.'

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The Thames Chase Trust

www.visitnationalforest.co.uk/activities/walking/

Overview

'Walk among a sea of snowdrops in February, a blanket of bluebells in May or through the Forest's fiery displays of reds and golds in Autumn.  Download fantastic walks across the three counties of the Forest - Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.'

www.forestryengland.uk/new-forest

Category:New Forest
Overview

'If you are looking for a set route to walk we have provided a number of way-marked walks from our favourite spots.'

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Forestry England

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/tollymore-forest-park

Size (acreage)1560
Overview

'Four waymarked trails of varying lengths take the visitor on a tour of the park's most beautiful areas. These trails follow a circular route and are sign posted from the information board in the main car park. Strong footwear is recommended. The Mourne Way/Ulster Way crosses through the Forest.'

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nidirect

www.forestryengland.uk/wyre-forest

Category:Wyre Forest
Overview

'Wyre and its surrounding woodlands are fantastic places to enjoy the fresh air and and have fun outdoors. There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to Go Ape, learning and adventure play.'

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Forestry England

www.visitmidwales.co.uk/Devil%27s-Bridge-Ystwyth-Forest/details/?dms=3...

Category:Cardiganshire
Size (acreage)1200
Overview

'Ystwyth Forest is near the coastal town of Aberystwyth and sits within a spectacular landscape which is characterised by river valleys ... The nearby Hafod Estate, famous for its "Picturesque" landscape, offers five waymarked trails.' Note that there are a number of entrances and car parks for the Forest. ALERT Sadly, the Link to the Natural Resources Website was broken, at Review.

Description from

Visit Mid Wales

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