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

Come and explore Wendover Woods. If you're feeling energetic, try Go-Ape! Tree Top Adventure, orienteering, or our fitness trail assault course. There are also plenty of spots to admire the view or enjoy a picnic. 

 Grizedale Montane Trail

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Please tell us about the physical activity you do when you visit the woods by completing our short survey. As a thank you, you’ll be in with a chance to win £200 Cotswold Outdoor vouchers or an annual discovery pass!”  Terms & Conditions

Wendover Wood Site improvements

See how we hope to improve the woods and how the plans are progressing

Planning your visit

Get information about parking and facilities on site at Wendover Woods.

Walking trails

Most of the trails within Wendover Woods start and finish close to the central car park. Pick up a leaflet from site or download the map to help you navigate your way around the woods.

Highway Rat

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life on our forest trails. Follow panels and interact with the forest as you head on a journey with The Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. This is now live in Wendover Woods. To sign up for more information visit this link.

Please note that The Gruffalo Trail was removed at the end of November 2017. The Gruffalo Statue however still remains and can be found at the location designated on our Map. Our New Trail is The Highway Rat Trail, it is a story written by the same author as the Gruffalo. The Highway Rat Trail Activity Packs can be purchased from the Café

Cycling

We have a family cycle trail which is perfect for exploring the woods by bike.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure 

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor! Fly down zip-wires, leap off tarzan swings and tackle a variety of obstacles whilst enjoying breathtaking scenery. Min age 10yrs and min height 1.4m. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.

Go Ape Tree Top Junior is a jam-packed hour of wobbly bridges, intricate crossings and an awesome zip wire finale. It's designed with the whole family in mind. The perfect high ropes course for kids as well as mum, dad and the grandparents. If you're looking for family fuelled fun, challenge each other to see who can cross the tree tops in style – we’re talking backwards, no hands, the works! Are you ready? Let's do it. Go Ape Tree Top Junior.

Play

Due to our ongoing redevelopment project there is no formal play provision in Wendover Woods, however we can offer amazing opportunities for wild play everywhere in the woods. For younger visitors the Highway Rat trail and the den-building area are available, and we are soon opening a Gruffalo orienteering course. Later this year we will be building a brand new adventure play trail which will include a number of specially commissioned pieces designed to suit the site.

Activities and events

See what's on in the woods and get involved.

Café and barbecues

Refuel after your adventure at the Café in the Woods. Or perhaps have a barbecue? We have stands available free of charge, just bring food, charcoal and friends. See our leaflet for locations.

Forest classroom

Available to hire for educational space or meetings or small business uses.

Ranger In a Bag. 

These self-led resource backpacks provide all you need to run your own successful educational visit in the forest. Click here for more information. 

Early Years Teachers Pack

This pack is full of curriculum-linked activities for Early Years and Key Stage 1 educators. It provides tools to familiarise children with the forest and its environment in a fun and engaging way. Click here for more information. 

Events/Commercial Activities

Wishing to organise an event or start a business in Wendover Woods or another Forestry Commission woodland in the Chilterns? Please email us at wendoverwoods@forestry.gov.uk. A permit is required for events and business carried out on the Public Forest Estate.

What do other visitors say?

See my message earlier and your reply 29/7: You didn't answer my question I wasn't talking about roads, I was talking about the paths where you have put all new large stores down which now makes paths that were fine for my scooter a few months ago impossible to get past. An all abilities path that is short maybe alright for some, but my scooter takes me 10 miles so why should I now only be able to do a half mile short route and you've put down too many large stones in these two short spaces? It's a bit insulting tbh you think a tiny walk is all I'd want.

Jack Russell pawrent on a mobility scooter , 5/Aug/2018

Thank you for your comments. The section of trail you mention has undergone some works. The first part is to grade the surface to reinstate the correct road profile. This is followed by a new surface dressing. The re-grading was done in one operation on all roads in the woodland in order to be effective and to ensure the road network doesn't deteriorate further whilst waiting maintenance. The re-dressing is phased, a section each year and we will focus on this section on the next re-dressing. However as these roads are used by vehicles and forest machinery we are unable to make them all ability standard. We will of course try and make them as accessible as possible.

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I've not been to Wendover Woods for a few months as there are such limited blue badge parking spaces that are not policed I am not certain of a wider enough space to get out. However my main concern is the amount of new stones laid on the green route that you haven't tried to crush down. My scooter goes very well off path and I've got around easily before the improvements started. But now done bits are impassable and I'm sure no longer deserve a 'family cycle route' label. If it's horse accessible them I can do it but I've been stopped in my tracks last time. Have you crushed down those stones yet? Near the Gruffalo and the crossroad-y bit at the bottom of the hill (bear the side entrance). Thanks. Really looking forward to the new visitor centre by the way so I can get in for a cuppa, until now can't get in the caf door.

Jack Russell pawrent on a mobility scooter , 29/Jul/2018

Thank you for the comment. The road has been made up to shared use standard, but not all ability, and it will receive further attention in the next years budget. We hope you like the new all ability parking and paths, and very hope you like the new Café once it is opened.

Forestry Commission Response

My husband and I have visited Wendover woods many times with our grand children and always enjoyed our visits.Today I took my husband who is now disabled and needs the support of a walker.I found all the paths very difficult to manage ,very hard going I'm sure this applies to wheel chair users and people with buggies .I hope with all the restoration you will bear this in mind and make a path for the disabled which guarantees a smooth ride.Thank you

Batchelor, 28/Jul/2018

I am sorry you found the paths difficult to negotiate and I will pass this on the team. We do have plans for a new all ability pathway, with a shorter and longer route. This will be going in before Christmas. I hope you enjoy this route and the new Café when it opens.

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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Dogs
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets
  • Cycling
  • There is a 6 mile family cycle trail within Wendover Woods, open throughout the year.
    The trail is hilly in places and is suitable for those with a good level of fitness.
  • Mountain biking
  • For something a lot more challenging, then the adjacent Aston Hill Bike Park could be for you.
    Please note a pass is required to ride at Aston Hill Bike Park. Day or annual passes available on-site or from the Forest Office (Mon, Wed and Fri 9am to 1pm)
  • Horse riding
  • We have an 8-mile permissive horse trail within the woods. A pass is needed to ride in the woods. Annual permits and day passes are available from the local office on 01296 625825 (open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings).
  • Information
  • There is an information point located between the Cafe in the Woods and the Main Car park.
    An explore leaflet (with map) can be picked up here.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • There is an Iron-Age Hill Fort in the woods. Volunteers have been working hard to clear trees and scrub from the ditches and banks, so the monument can now be seen. Follow the hill-fort around to get a great view across the Aylesbury Vale.
  • Trail (easy)
  • Our easy access trail takes you through both broadleaf and conifer woodland, and finishes at our stunning viewpoint.
  • Walking
  • There are a number of trails that run through Wendover Woods, including The Firecrest Trail, Forest Fitness Trail and All Ability Hilltop Trail.
    Pick up a trail guide from the dispensers near the main car park.
  • Trail (moderate)
  • The Firecrest trail takes in a variety of habitats, and wends its way through the woods to the bottom and back up.
    Step into our Wildlife Hide to view woodland creatures.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SP890090
Postcode: HP22 5NQ

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Contact

Wendover Woods Office

0300 067 4160 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings) 07796 313507 all other times
wendoverwoods@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open every day. The Forest Drive is closed to vehicles on Christmas Day
Discovery Pass
£42 per year. Benefits include free parking all year, a discount in the Cafe in the Woods, 20% off Go Ape and 15% off Forest Holidays.

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