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Whether you are forest bathing or walking the dog, having a solitary stroll or visiting with friends, time in the forest has been shown to be good for our health and wellbeing. But if you have limited mobility, use a wheelchair or have a toddler in a pushchair, woodland visits can be difficult.

Part of the accessible trail with the sunshine coming through the trees

New accessible wildlife trail

With part funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust and Tesco Bags of Help, we have created an accessible circular wildlife walk with parking which will be opening on 16 November.

The waymarked circular accessible route is suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters, walking frames, walking sticks, pushchairs and, like the rest of the Forest, welcomes well behaved dogs. The route passes through a mixture of recent plantation and more mature woodland with views across to ancient woodland, providing a wonderful perspective of how the young trees will begin to look in 50 to 100 years.

A variety of habitats for wildlife

Close up of comma butterfly which can be seen on the accessible trail

The different aged trees together with mature hedgerows and grassland provide a rich variety of habitats for wildlife with carpets of bluebells in the spring, butterflies in the summer, and birds foraging for berries in the autumn.

There are additional Forest paths as well as links onto the local public rights of way and long distance routes for people who wish to explore further, as well as hand crafted benches for taking the time to drink in the view.

Attend the opening of our accessible trail

Come along to the launch of our accessible route on 16 November and be one of the first to explore the new trail. As well as walking tours with members of the forestry team, there will be hands on activities for adults and children and a chance to find out about volunteering opportunities with the charity. Register here to attend the walk opening.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!