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78 Forests to explore in England

England

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. The area now called England was first inhabited by modern humans during the Upper Paleolithic period but takes its name from the Angles, a Germanic tribe deriving its name from the Anglia peninsula, who settled during the 5th and 6th centuries. England's economy is one of the largest and most dynamic in the world, with an average GDP per capita of £28,100 or $36,000.

Alice Holt Forest
Alice Holt ForestAlice Holt Forest, United Kingdom

Alice Holt Forest lies at the northwestern corner of the Weald where the bounding rim of Chalk swings round from a south-north trending outcrop to the west-east alignment of the Hog’s Back anticline. It is now planted mainly with conifers. The forest is now part of the South Downs National Park, which was established on 31 March 2010, and it forms the most northerly gateway to the park.

Alyn Road
Alyn RoadAlyn Rd, Mickle Trafford, Chester CH2 4DY, UK

Alyn Waters is the largest country park in the Wrexham area which was situated in the beautiful Alyn Valley and is currently a Green Flag accredited site. There is a variety of woodland, grassland, and riverside walk throughout the Park helping you to explore the whole site. On the Gwersyllt side, the Visitor and Environmental Education Centre have a large indoor space that is an excellent venue for meetings, education, and community groups.

Ashdown Forest
Ashdown ForestWych Cross, Forest Row RH18 5JP, UK

Ashdown Forest was originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, Ashdown Forest is now one of the largest free public access space in the South East. It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Beacon Fell
Beacon FellBeacon Fell, Preston PR3 2EW, UK

A beautiful country park consists of 110 hectares of woodland, moorland, and farmland. There is an abundance of wildlife for those who are prepared to be observant. Rabbits and hares are frequent and are easily spotted. Beacon Fell's views across the Forest of Bowland from the 266m summit attract both individuals and families looking for something to do outdoors. One of the main attractions in this area and it offers a chance for a good trek too.

Bedgebury Forest
Bedgebury ForestBedgebury Forest, Goudhurst, Wadhurst TN5 7PN, UK

Bedgebury is an award-winning visitor attraction with something for everyone. Open all year, Bedgebury is the perfect place for healthy outdoor activity. Its Forest has miles of family cycling and mountain-biking, walking, and running trails, as well as Go Ape treetop adventure, and an adventure play trail. It's National Pinetum is a world-class collection of dramatic conifers and a beautiful setting for a country walk in all seasons.

Betteshanger Park
Betteshanger ParkSandwich Rd, Deal CT14 0BF, UK

Betteshanger Country Park sits on the former colliery spoil heap and It offers a 250-acres of outstanding space for people to access and explore the outdoors. It provides access to a variety of environments including woodland, grassland and marshland. It houses the most important cycling centre in East Kent, with a 3-kilometre road cycling track providing safe, traffic free road cycling facilities. The surface material of the entire park was mixed with recycled green waste and fertiliser to cr

BeWILDerwood Norfolk
BeWILDerwood NorfolkHorning Rd, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8JW, UK

A huge, award winning forest of family fun and outdoor adventure. Treehouses, Wobbly Wires, Slippery Slopes, Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles, storytelling, boat rides, marsh walks and really yummy food. The whole family can spend hours running, whizzing and clambering on the sustainable wooden play structures, from aerial ropewalks to climbing walls, balancing logs and muddled mazes in a beautiful forest setting.

Billa Barra Hill
Billa Barra HillMarkfield LE67 9TA, UK

This 20 hectare local nature reserve, located in the north of the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth, consists of a variety of habitats including acid grassland, which is ecologically significant at a local level. Additionally, there are a number of rocky outcrops of Markfieldite, making the hill a regionally important geological site.

Brampton Valley Way
Brampton Valley WayBrampton Valley Way, Northampton, UK

The Brampton Valley Way is a 14-mile rail-trail built on the way of the former Northampton to Market Harborough Railway in Northamptonshire. There are 14 miles of the park to explore, with woodland spinneys, traditional hedgerows, and ancient meadows throughout. One of the beautiful trekking destinations and also you can spend a nice time in the middle of nature.

Brockhill Country Park
Brockhill Country ParkSandling Rd, Hythe, Saltwood CT21 4HL, UK

Brockhill Country Park is in Saltwood, near Hythe in Kent, England. The park was a former estate with landscaped gardens and has subsequently been sub-divided. It has a central lake, open grassland and meadows, and all the facilities you need for a family day out, including a picnic area, a new play area for kids and refreshments at the excellent Brockhill Café.

Bucklebury Farm & Deer Safari Park
Bucklebury Farm & Deer Safari ParkBucklebury, Reading RG7 6RR, UK

Bucklebury Farm Park is an animal park located at Bucklebury in Berkshire, England. The Farm Park consists of mostly Animals, Play equipment, Deer and Woody's Cafe which opened in 2013. Bucklebury Farm Park also houses a revolutionary Jumping Pillow which is one of only few in the UK. It was one of the iconic locations in this area which gives you a new experience.

Cannock Chase Forest - Forestry England
Cannock Chase Forest - Forestry EnglandBirches Valley, Rugeley WS15 2UQ, UK

The Cannock Forest Plan covers 2684 hectares of coniferous and broadleaf woodlands and open land in Staffordshire in the West Midlands, between the towns of Stafford to the northwest, Cannock to the south and Rugeley to the east - Birmingham city centre is 20 miles to the south. A particularly popular location for Mountain biking, Follow the Dog, The Monkey Trail and Stile Cop bike park offer the thrill-seekers the perfect routes to hone their off road biking ability.

Cobtree Manor Park
Cobtree Manor ParkForstal Rd, Aylesford ME20 7AG, UK

A beautiful country park, standing on the site of the old Maidstone Zoo, the park features a themed play area, along with a sculpture trail, plenty of space for picnics, and a cafe. It has since been planted with over 600 different species of trees and shrubs. An array of exotic plants can be found in the Arboretum, or Parkland Garden, which lies on the eastern side of the park.

Dalby Forest
Dalby ForestDalby Forest, Scarborough YO13, UK

Dalby Forest is home to an abundance of internationally important wildlife species and is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, where you can experience the magic of seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye. There are 70km of cycle trails snaking across 8,000 acres – uphill, down dale, through the forest and across the moorland plateau – with separate routes catering for children and families as well as experienced mountain-bikers. Dalby Forest is home to many species of wildlife such as bad

Delamere Forest
Delamere ForestDelamere Forest, Frodsham WA6, UK

Delamere Forest or Delamere Forest Park is a wood in the Cheshire West and Chester area of Cheshire, England, near the town of Frodsham. It includes 972 hectares (2,400 acres) of mixed deciduous and evergreen woodland, making it the largest area of woodland in Cheshire. The name means "forest of the lakes".

Dole Wood
Dole WoodThurlby, Bourne PE10 0QA, UK

A small surviving piece of ancient woodland of the formerly extensive primary woodland cover of South Kesteven. A fantastic site for bird spotting and enjoying the many wild plants and flowers. The wood consists mainly of oak standards with hazel coppice. There are also ash, field maple, wych elm and wild service tree. Both common and midland hawthorns can be seen in the understorey.

Ecclesall Woods
Ecclesall WoodsEcclesall Woods, Sheffield, UK

Ecclesall Woods are comprised of three large ancient woodlands with a long history of management stretching back over many thousands of years. It covers approximately 350 acres of mature semi-natural deciduous woodland which was previously used for timber and charcoal, and is currently managed by the city council for the benefit of wildlife and visitor access. There are two roads and over 15 km of public footpaths running through the woods. The Abbeydale miniature railway is located within the w

Elmley National Nature Reserve
Elmley National Nature ReserveElmley, Minster on Sea, Isle of Sheppey ME12 3RW, UK

Elmley is a huge National Nature Reserve, where peaceful meadows and waterways are dominated by vast, soul-stirring skies. you are likely to see water birds wading in the ponds, magnificent birds of prey soaring above, hares bounding across the meadows, as well as butterflies, dragonflies, and bees exploring the waterways and wildflowers. One of the iconic locations where you can spend some good time in the greens and also it's quite challenging.

Epping Forest
Epping ForestEpping Forest, United Kingdom

It occupies the southwestern part of the county at the northeastern edge of Greater London. The name also refers to an ancient tract of woodland that crosses the district. The original forest was a royal hunting ground that was gradually enclosed. It contains areas of woodland, grassland, heath, rivers, bogs, and ponds, and its elevation and thin gravelly soil historically made it unsuitable for agriculture.

Everdon Stubbs
Everdon StubbsEverdon, Daventry NN11 3BH, UK

Everdon Stubbs is an ancient woodland with a mix of English and sessile oak, lowland birch, sweet chestnut and sycamore. Bluebells and rare wild daffodils provide colour in spring. It is described by Natural England as an important site for fungi, and there is a diverse range of breeding birds. One of the iconic attraction where you can rejuvinate your mind and body in the middle of greenery.

Map of Forests to explore in England