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Get active in the forest

The forests we look after are fascinating, beautiful places to explore by foot or by bike. Whether you're planning a family day out, or looking for a pleasant place to walk the dog, there's something for everyone.

Take a walk

Walking in the forest is great exercise, and good for the soul too! Choose the right level of trail from you. There's information on walking trails on each forest's page, with terrain descriptions and gradings, so you can select whether you do an easy, moderate or difficult walk.

Walking in the woods you're sure to discover some of the secrets of the forest - from the intriguing traces that remain of a forest's heritage, to the thriving wildlife that calls the forest its home.

Get adventurous

For something more physically demanding, jump on your bike and enjoy a brisk cycle through the forest. Adrenaline junkies will love the rush our world-class mountain biking trails can offer.

There’s more to forest activities than simply walking or cycling. Why not try out some watersports? Or, if you’ve got a head for heights, try an unforgettable treetop adventure.

Orienteering is a brilliant way to get fit, or for uninterrupted time in the great outdoors, try camping in the forest – there’s nothing quite like it.

Understanding our symbols

The activities and facilities at each forest are shown using the symbols below to make it easy to see what's available there. You'll see them in the About tab on each page.

fcs recreation symbols