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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

Latest News (14/02/2018 12:56)

Please note that there is reduced car park capacity in the woods due to the current development. Please be aware that at busy times we may have to close the Forest Drive until spaces become available. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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. 

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


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.


The Children's Adventurous Play area has been removed. It will be relocated as a part of the development of the Cafe and Car Park work now underway on 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 A permit is required for events and business carried out on the Public Forest Estate.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

What a mess! Half term so thought the family would meet together at the woods for the children to have some fun. 1st car was allowed in but the other 2 were told to park at the exit and walk in due to no parking! There were at least 4 parking spaces when I (the 1st and only car allowed in). Very disappointed as the other drivers didnt know the area. After seeing the mess up there with not much for the children to do, no park! We decided to meet back up (another mission!) and head elsewhere with upset children that had especially decorated rocks for the gruffalo trail, again that wasnt there anymore either. I really hope these new plans are good ones. Not a good experience during half term.

Anonymous, 16/Feb/2018

Thank you for comments. We are sorry to hear of your disappointment. Half term is of course a busy period for us with the schools being off. We brought in a Circus Skills entertainer for some of the days and also installed a Disc Golf Course for visitors to experience if they wished. For updates on the development works please see our Website development page and also our Facebook page at ‘Wendoverwoods’.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I have walked these woods with my dogs since 1975, the footpaths have never!!been so bad due to cyclist using them. This really needs to be sorted. Using a car to get there I have to pay. They need to contribute to their damage!!

Barry Collins, 28/Jan/2018

Many thanks for contacting us via the website with your concerns about our footpaths. Unfortunately, we have experienced some exceptional weather events this winter which has made the ground significantly wetter than in recent years. This and the increased footfall we have been seeing over the same period has resulted in a wetter experience than we’ve come to expect as normal. Cyclists are permitted to use the designated trails and only need to pay if they bring their cycles to the woods by car.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Shame about cyclists using the non cycling trails still, churns up the trails and verbal abuse from cyclists when you point out that they are off the designated trail.How about them having to pay for a permit like the horse riders that say they could be contolled a bit more and raise money to help keep the paths open.

Martyn Cleal, 14/Jan/2018

Thank you for providing us with this feedback. We are very sorry to hear that your visit has not been as you would have liked. Where we find cyclists using non cycling trails they are dealt with. Unfortunately, we are unable to monitor all trails at all times, as we are sure you can appreciate.

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Last updated: 16th January 2018

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Dogs
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • 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.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SP890090
Postcode: HP22 5NQ

Get directions


Wendover Woods Office

0300 067 4160 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings) 07796 313507 all other times

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open every day. The Forest Drive is closed to vehicles on Christmas Day
Discovery Pass
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