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Explore Jeskyns
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

Discover brand new woodlands, ponds, orchards and wildflower meadows at Jeskyns Community Woodland.  Come and watch it grow! 


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Events and Activities


Fairies crossing, JeskynsFancy exploring a Fairy and Elf Village? Or how about joining one of our Forest School sessions?  Find details here.


Highway Rat Activity Trail

Children running through autumn leaves in Dalkeith Country Park near Edinburgh.The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Jeskyns. Head on a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Activity packs  avaliable from the cafe for just £3.


Responsible dog owners welcomed!

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 Jeskyns is a great place to have fun with your pooch.

Take a look at this page for everything dog related!

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Very good walks for the dogs and kids, was there a duck pond there?

Anonymous, 12/Apr/2018

Thanks for your review - glad you enjoyed your visit. We have Henhurst Lake on site (head past café - bottom of hill) on which some ducks occasionally visit.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Thank god and the Forestry Commission, Jeskyns team and local authority for recognising there is a need for a dog friendly park..Top marks !

Easter Sunday, well attended and hundreds of people with all breeds, enjoying a stroll, and letting their dogs be dogs.

No hassle, no one worried about the wet ground, muddy gate entrances (Could do with some wood chip guys) or the dogs being themselves woofing and running around in the areas allowed.. Brilliant enclosed doggy excersise areas so safe to let you pooch be a pooch and nowhere to run off away to, a pond for them to take a dip (Although personally I'd love to see a fence and a gate across the area so those dogs with little recal ability, like ours, can be safely let off and not have to worry about them running off if the local farm bird scarer goes off.

Long walks, equestrian friendly ride area, saw some lads on mountain bikes all behacving sensibly and seemed welcome.

Friendly peoople all around.

Expect dogs to be dogs and come say and enthusiastic hello with the accompanying muddy paws or wet coats, and you'll not be dissapointed.

Family friendly areas with swuings, slide, climbing equipment in a forest theme, plenty to see and space to enjoy...Great for wearing out the kids as well as dogs.

Well done all concerned.. We will be back as this was our first time.

Robbie smelled of pond and hated the bath after tho LOL!

Rob W, 1/Apr/2018

Glad to hear you enjoyed your first visit so much Rob and thanks for the great comments. Will ensure the whole team see them.

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I love this place i come here with my mum and dad very often. My dog runs off a lot and i find that the play pens for the dogs are good.

Madeline Green, 26/Feb/2018

Thanks for your comments Madeline - glad you are enjoying your visit!

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Last updated: 11th May 2018

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Cafe
  • Cafe open daily 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • Cycling
  • Cycles welcome to use all paths - but please give way to pedestrians.
  • Horse riding
  • Dedicated grass horse trail.
  • Orienteering
  • Permanent orienteering course. Maps available from
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Up to 1 hr: £1.20
    1-2hrs: £2
    2hrs+: £3
    or £36 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
  • Play area
  • Range of natural play features.
  • Walking
  • Range of easy access, hard surfaced trails.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets open during cafe opening hours (9:30am - 3:30pm daily).
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TQ660699
Postcode: DA12 3AN

Get directions


Jeskyns Ranger

01474 825118

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
7am to dusk. Closing time varies seasonally.
Up to 1 hr: £1.20
1-2hrs: £2
2hrs+: £3
or £36 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
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