This large forest in Tadley covers nearly 500 acres. It is criss crossed with numerous footpaths ideal for a peaceful stroll. The area consists of Oak and Birch ancient woodland and heathland. The pretty Honeymill Brook also runs through the forest.
The area is great for wildlife with many species of butterfly to look out for. White admiral, purple emperor and silver-washed fritillary are just a few you may see as you make your way through the woods. Birds such as Blackcap and Green woodpeckers are regular visitors to the woods too. Interesting flora includes wild daffodils, honeysuckle and lovely purple heather.
This circular route is more suited for walking but on the eastern side of the forest you will find a bridleway which is good for cycling. This runs from Pamber heath to Bridle's Copse, passing Silchester Common on the way.
The Brenda Parker Way runs through the woods so you could pick up this long distance footpath to extend your walking in the area. If you follow the path north east you will come to the fascinating Silchester Roman Town (Calleva Atrebatum). The town's ruined walls are still visible as are the remains of the amphitheatre, added about AD 70-80 and situated outside the city walls. You can see more information on this on the Silchester Walk page.
If you head west you'll come to the pretty Ashford Hill Nature Reserve where there are more nice woodland trails.
PostcodeRG26 3PL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Pamber Forest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Pamber Forest Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Pamber Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Pamber Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Pelican is can be found on the northern side of the forest at Pamber Heath. They serve traditional Pub Grub and Thai Food which you can enjoy in the large garden area. The historic inn dates back to 1860 and can be found at Silchester Road, Pamber Heath, RG26 3EA.
There's also the Fox & Hounds in Tadley just to the west. You can find them at Mulfords Hill, RG26 3JG.
The forest is a fine place for dog walking with miles of woodland trails for them to explore. The Fox & Hounds pub in Tadley is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Tadley Walk visits the forest from the nearby town before heading off to the Silchester Roman Fort.
Just a few miles to the north you can pick up the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal at the lovely Aldermaston Wharf.
The circular Bramley Walk starts from the nearby village and visits the forest. The village includes a picturesque green, a historic 12th century church and a nice local pub serving Indian dishes.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Downs Walks page.