Top 10 tips for walking in woods

  1. Take a look at the weather before you visit in case you need to pack waterproofs, boots or wellies. Even in summer, woods can be damp and muddy.
  2. Check access restrictions, rights of way and car parking before you leave. You can freely explore all our woods, but many others are privately owned.
  3. Take a map, especially if you’re planning a long walk. Don't rely on 4G as many woods are out of signal range. Stick to paths to minimise disturbance to wildlife.
  4. If you’re bringing your dog, read our dog walkers’ code of conduct so you know what’s expected in our woods.
  5. Help prevent the spread of tree pests and diseases by cleaning your footwear before and after you visit a wood.
  6. Pack a first aid kit, including plasters, sun cream and antihistamines.
  7. Take drinking water and snacks or picnics, but please don’t leave litter behind.
  8. Be extra aware in areas with livestock and look out for horses on bridleways. Ensure you close gates behind you.
  9. When walking along roads, keep to the road's right-hand side so you can see oncoming traffic. Stay in single file if you're in group.
  10. If you’re walking in the woods at night, take a torch with you.

Visiting woods

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Primordial landscapes, tangled branches, breathtaking wildlife and miles of woodland trails. From the countryside to cities, we care for thousands of woods throughout the UK, all free to visit.

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