Living in Devon, I am lucky to have beaches, moors and forests pretty much on my doorstep. While beaches may be most people’s first choice when it comes to holidays, forests can offer so much more fun and adventure, and are not so dependent on the weather to make for a perfect holiday destination.
You may have noticed the supplements in The Guardian the last couple of weeks promoting England’s woodlands are great places to play and stay – well I’m happy to lend my voice to the campaign as I totally agree that our forests are wonderful places to explore.
The More in the Forest campaign to promote summer holidays in and around England’s woods and forests is being run by VisitEngland, the national tourist board, Forestry Commission England and national partners Go Ape Forest Adventure, Forest Holidays and Camping in the Forest. (Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/more for information).
What can you do in England’s forests? Well, there are award-winning mountain bike trails, adventures in the treetops and all-terrain forest segways – that is, plenty of adrenalin pumping-activities to enjoy within the huge natural playground of Forestry Commission England woodlands this summer.
The Forestry Commission manages around 1500 woods and forests across England, including over 1000km of cycle track, forest roads and bike parks dotted through the rugged landscape. Red and black trails, steep slopes and tricky corners will challenge the most expert of riders, whilst green trails are perfect for family outings. Bikes are available to hire at many Forestry Commission sites.
In Devon, Haldon Forest Park offers walking, cycling and horse riding trails, and a host of other activities, so you could never be lost for something to do. I know plenty of boys (young and old) who lose many a Sunday to the delights of the mountain-biking trails!
If cycling’s not your thing, how about releasing your inner monkey for the day? With zip wires and canopy crossings, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure or Tree Top Junior offers hours of fun and plenty of laughs. Go Ape also provide Forest Segway experiences – a unique way to tackle the varied terrain of the forest floor.
Do head over to The Guardian‘s microsite to learn more about what is on offer in forests across Britain, and there is also a chance to win two fantastic forest breaks. Well what are you waiting for, get over there now! ;)