Forests are so much more than a collection of trees and trails.
Many adventures can be had within the deep, dark depths of the forest – some fun, some daring, some downright bonkers. Got some time to kill this weekend? Well, partnering with our pals at the Forestry Commission, we’ve compiled a list of adventures you can have in one or more of their forest locations. How many have you done?
Run, Forest, run!
Forest running beats road running hands down. Time to don your trainers and tear up those trails!
The next time you’re walking through the forest, download the free ForestXplorer mobile app and see how many trees you can (correctly) identify.
Explore the forest on two wheels by hiring a bike, or riding your own. Depending on your skill level, you might choose to challenge yourself to leg burning climbs and daredevil descents… or just stick to single-track routes for an easy afternoon cruise.
Hug a Gruffalo
Much-loved children’s book character, the Gruffalo, has taken residence in fifteen forests across the UK (click here for the full list). He’s always happy to pose for a photo, so long as he gets a hug in return. Or why not check out the Superworm trails!
Exploring the forest with kids in tow? Hold a competition to see who can spot the greatest variety of bugs – there are hundreds of species to find!
Unleash your inner Tarzan
Swing through the trees Tarzan-style as you tackle one of Go Ape’s 28 award-winning tree-top obstacle courses. Don’t forget to holler!
Paws for thought
If your furry friend has joined you for your adventure, why not attempt some dog agility? This Forestry Commission poster has some great suggestions for activities you and your pooch can enjoy together.
Build a den
A classic forest adventure. Scour the forest floor and gather together fallen branches, and use them to craft yourself an almighty den! If your construction skills are a little rusty, check out these den commandments.
Dare to bear
Fancy yourself as the next Bear Grylls? Learn bushcraft and see if you could survive on your own.
If you’re brave enough to enter the forest at the dead of night, you’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of a luminous, star-studded sky. Forests are ideal spot for stargazers as there is limited light pollution, just remember to pack a torch and warm clothes.
Hot to trot
The peaceful forest is a great place to ride a horse (that is, if you have one). £40 buys you a one year permit for a variety of woodlands across Sherwood Pines. Check out the horse riding page to find out more.
From two legs to two wheels, Go Ape’s off-road Forest Segways are a great alternative way to explore the forest.
Told you. There are so many forest adventures you could have.
… And guess what? We’ve got 25 annual Discovery Passes to a forest of your choice in England up for grabs in our #ShareAdventure competition! Not only do the Discovery Passes give you free parking but also great discounts. Plus, there’s also 200 day passes to a Forestry Commission England forest of your choice that need to be won. Head to our #ShareAdventure page to find out more.
Did we mention there’s a prize EVERY time? Good luck!