At Wendover Woods

Whether it’s swinging from the trees like a monkey at Go Ape, or cycling through one of the many trails, or admiring the beautiful scenery via Nordic Walking, Wendover Woods really does have something for everyone.

For up to date details of events and activities on site, please see Forestry Englands website

Forestry England Activities

Forestry England have a wide range of activities which can be enjoyed when visiting Wendover Woods. To find out about all of these please look at the Things to do page on the Forestry England website

Gruffalo Sculptures at Wendover Woods

If you venture into the deep dark wood you may bump into the Gruffalo.

Each wooden sculpture has been carved in a different position – can you find them all across the nation’s forests?


Why not try your hand at orienteering, a map reading challenge for all levels?

The aim for everyone is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. If you are a little more competitive the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time.

There is a permanent course at Wendover Woods with 20 checkpoints to find.

Running Trails

Explore Forestry Englands running trails and take the chance to escape stuffy gyms and get out into the fresh air – get fit where you can be inspired by stunning natural surroundings.

Walking trails at Wendover Woods

There are many miles of gravel roads, surfaced paths and tracks to explore with varied habitats.

Gruffalo Orienteering – fun family map reading challenge

Try out Forestry England’s fun, navigational challenge at Wendover Woods using a simple map to find twelve Gruffalo markers hidden in the deep, dark wood.

If you’re feeling competitive, choose to run, walk (or skip!) the course against the clock.

Before you begin the trail, pick up a Gruffalo orienteering leaflet with a certificate and map (Map available from Wendover Woods information point for £1.50.).

Horse riding at Wendover Woods – great riding in the Chiltern Hills

Wendover Woods offers some of the best riding in the Chilterns; with a network of well signed permissive bridle paths throughout the wood.

Horse riding is only permitted away from public bridleways with a valid day pass or membership. These can be purchased directly from the Chilterns Forest Office.

You can find out more about day passes by calling Forestry England directly on 01296 696184.

Nordic Walking at Wendover Woods

Nordic Walking is a full-body exercise that’s easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It also has the added benefit of burning 20-40% more calories than normal walking!

This is a chance to put your technique into practice and meet other Nordic Walkers.

Ridgeway Nordic Walking run Nordic Walking sessions at Wendover for all levels and abilities which provides a fantastic way to improve your fitness on our forest trails, maximising the health benefits of getting outdoors.

Mindful & Wellbeing Nordic Walking is also available. To book Nordic Walking at Wendover Woods please see further information here:

Also on offer by some of our onsite partners

Go Ape at Bedgebury

Go Ape!

Swing between the trees like a monkey at Go Ape.

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