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Explore Great Wood
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Enjoy a leisurely stroll along a waymarked route, go on a long-distance horse ride or discover the forest by bike. There is a family picnic area with plenty of picnic tables and there are also some barbecues which are free to use. 

Explore Great Wood on the Red Walk

Spend some time exploring the nooks and crannies of Great Wood and admire some majestic Douglas fir along the 2 mile red walk, which is ideal for families. 


Bring your bike and head out into the forest for a leisurely cycle.  We don't have waymarked cycle routes but there are plenty of bridleways and forest roads to explore on two wheels. 

Horse riding

Explore the forest on horse back.

BBQ area

Enjoy a BBQ or relaxing picnic with the family.


Great Wood is a wonderful place to spot a variety of wildlife such as Red Deer, Ravens, Buzzards, Pied Flycatchers, Crossbills and a lot more besides.  

Organising an event

If you wish to organise an event on Forestry Commission land you will need our permission. We need to check that the event is properly organised, has adequate insurance cover and doesn't clash with other events or forest operations. Please give as much notice as possible, we require at least eight weeks. Other activities may also require permission, including dog sleds, charity challenges and walking events.

There is a small events room available to hire at Great Wood, which is suitable for groups such as schools, youth groups and organisations running activities in the forest. 

Download this application form to hold an event in Great Wood, or alternatively please call us on 0300 067 4800.  Send your completed form to or send to West England Forest District Permissions, Bank House, Coleford, Glos, G116 8BA

What do other visitors say?

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Stunning walk with the kids along the red route. Will be back for a bbq

John Marsh, 20/Apr/2017
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I love great wood the red walk my self and my daughter go there at least once a week with our dogs and it's the best place ever

Chris Edmondson , 6/Jan/2017
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Last updated: 23rd November 2017

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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Educational
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Horse riding
  • Due to the number of bridleways in this wood horse riding is free of charge.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: ST182378
Postcode: TA5 1HN

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West England District
0300 067 4800

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