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Explore Wyre
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

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.

Walking trails

Discover Wyre on foot along one of our three waymarked walking trails.


Explore Wyre on two wheels along the blue cycle trail.

Highway Rat Activity Trail

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Wyre. From the 18 December, head on a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Packs will be avaliable from the cafe or bike hire for £3.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior

Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape.

Horse riding

There are several horseshoe routes around the forest that link up to public bridleways.


Come along and take part in a range of fantastic events from fungal forays to fairy tale trails and family dusk walks.

Play area

Children will have hours of fun in the adventure play area.

Wonderful wildlife

Much of the area is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)and many rare species of flora and fauna can be found here.

Downloadable activities

Download our fun activity sheets for children to help you get the most out of your visit.

Why not try

If you enjoyed Wyre why not get out and explore other forests in the area? There's Hawkbatch Wood and Shrawley Wood.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

the horse riding was spectacular and the scenery was absolutely superb throughout the whole of the wyre forest.

Anonymous, 3/Apr/2017

Are dog ls allowed here?

Rebecca Drennan, 24/Feb/2017

Yes, dogs are welcome. We do ask that they are kept under control and on a lead around the busy area's of the site please. There are bins provided that you can dispose of any poo bags too. NEW for Wyre, we also have our Dog Wash on site. simply purchase a token from the Forest Café or Bike Hire and pamper your dog with a series of wash and dry options.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

We came from Devon hoping to see the Whitty Pear as part of a tour of Heritage Trees but the map we were given didn't match the posts we saw and there were no signs at any junctions to indicate where on earth we were. None of the people we met in th foes could tell us where we were on the map nor where the Whitty Pear was. We ended up returning to the Visitor Centre two hours later without seeing the tree. What a contrast to Sherwood Forest where the Major Oak was well signposted and every junction made it clear where each path led. Apart from our disappointment we did like the forest and the tracks were easy to walk along. there seem to be a good range of adventure activities.

Elaine, 2/Oct/2016
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Last updated: 15th December 2017

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Educational
  • Information
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • Arboreta
  • Accessed from the Buzzard trail, the 2ha arboretum in the Wyre Forest has been managed by the Wyre Forest Society for over 20 years.

    It was originally situated there because of the location of the Whitty Pear tree, and recently the WFS has planted an avenue of Sorb trees to continue the sorbus genus theme.

  • Cycling
  • One way-marked family cycle trail 7.7km starts from the Visitor Centre.Follow the blue cycle markers

    More adventurous mountain biking can be undertaken at Kinlet North, access from Earnwood Car park.

  • Cycling Hire
  • New for 2016! Perfect for families looking to explore Wyre on two wheels. A selection of quality bikes, trailers and even electric bikes.
  • Horse riding
  • Riders are requested to keep to the marked horseshoe trails and bridleways. Parking for horseboxes costs £4 per day. Day permits, trail maps and information on annual passes arranged in conjunction with the Worcestershire Bridleways and Riders Association are available from the Visitor Centre.
  • Orienteering
  • There are orienteering courses for the public to use at the Callow Hill and Hawkbatch sites, using maps available from the Forest Cafe for £1.50.
  • Picnic
  • There are picnic benches amongst the trees or you can picnic on the grassy lawn beside the Visitor Centre.
  • Play area
  • Adventure play area for small children, and woodpecker tower.
  • Walking
  • Wyre Forest Health Walks- every Tuesday and Sunday at 10.30 for 11am start.

  • Viewpoint
  • From Hawkbatch there is a stunning view across the River Severn, Trimpley Reservoir and Victoria Bridge.
  • Wildlife
  • Rated as one of the top three most ecologically important forests in Britain, along with the New Forest and the Forest of Dean.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SO750740
Postcode: DY14 9XQ

Get directions


Wyre Recreation Team
0300 067 4935

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
The car park opens at 8am every day and closes at Dusk (5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm depending on the time of year). Please check onsite notices on arrival.

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