Forestry Commission logo
Highway Rat

The Highway Rat Activity Trails

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life on our forest trails. Follow panels and discover the forest as you head on a journey with The Highway Rat and all the characters from the story.

Find your nearest Highway Rat Activity Trail

Join the Highway Rat on his forest adventure, completing fun activities and spotting characters from the story as you go. With trails all over the country, you're never far from a wonderful family day out.

Find your nearest trail by clicking the forest's icon on the map.



What can you expect on the trail?

Go in search of 10 Highway Rat-themed panels, each with fun facts and activities to try. As you go, look out for characters from the story, complete four rubbings and take your picture with the life-sized Highway Rat ‘Wanted’ poster!

The Highway Rat activity pack

Make your adventure even more exciting by buying a Highway Rat activity pack from the visitor centre for £3. Inside you'll find activities, stickers, puzzles and a Highway Rat mask. You'll also get your hands on a crayon, a pencil and a piece of string to help you complete the activities.

Printable activity sheets

Parents - sign up for our family newsletters to get your hands on our fun family activity sheets. Filled with exciting Highway Rat activities and craft ideas for the family to enjoy - download yours now.

Share your photos

Taken photos of your Highway Rat adventure? We'd love to see them! Share them with us on social media with #TheHighwayRat.

We'll also be running a competition for the best cave painting. Get your hands on the activity pack at your local visitor centre, complete your own cave drawing, then share with us on social media for a chance to win a Highway Rat soft toy!


The Highway Rat © 2011 Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Last updated: 17th May 2018

Be the first to hear about Highway Rat updates

Sign up to our email newsletter to be the first to hear about new Highway Rat resources, trails and events near you!

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.