This large forest near Bewdley has miles of super cycling and walking trails to enjoy.
Cyclists can enjoy the family mountain bike trail which runs along nice wide paths through the woodland. There is also a section along a disused railway line and through a Nature Reserve. The trail is waymarked with blue markers. Bikes can be hired from Bewdley Outdoors. Walkers can enjoy three waymarked walking trails of varying lengths and difficulty. On the trails you'll pass through coniferous and deciduous forest and visit the lovely Wyre Arboretum.
The circular route below starts near Button Oak and follows the cycle/walk trails through the forest to Dowles. Here you can return to the start point on country lanes if you are on a bike. If on foot you may prefer to return along the lovely waterside path along Dowles Brook which runs parallel to the dismantled railway line. Near the start of the route there's the Button Oak Meadow nature reserve where you'll find some pleasant woodland trails with lots of flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like deer, squirrels and various woodland birds as you make your way through this area.
PostcodeDY12 3AL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Wyre Forest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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There's a cafe in the forest at the nature reserve area next to the Dowles Brook. There's another car park here so it makes an alternate start point for the route. It's a pretty area with picnic tables where you stop off and relax. You can find the car park and cafe at postcode DY14 9XQ.
At the start/end point there's The Button Oak Inn to try. You can enjoy a good meal in the spacious garden area if the weather is good. They can be found at postcode DY12 3AQ for your sat navs.
The expansive forest with its miles of woodland trails is ideal for dog walking. You are bound to bump into plenty of other dogs with their owners on your visit. There's even a dog washing facility and the cafe and pub mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you'd like to continue you exercise in the area then several trails run through or past the forest. One nice option is to head to the nearby Severn Way where you can pick up a riverside walking trail along the River Severn. The Sabrina Way and the Geopark Way also run through the forest.
Also nearby are Trimpley Reservoir and the lovely Arley Arboretum with its pretty gardens and magnificent pines.
In Bewdley there's the Ribbesford Circular Walk to try. This waymarked trail takes you around the pretty Blackstone Riverside Park and into the countryside just to the south west of the town.
Just to the west you'll find the small market town of Cleobury Mortimer as you pass into Shropshire. It's a picturesque town with nice walks through the valley of the River Rea to try.
For cyclists National Cycle Route 45 runs through the forest, providing an opportunity to extend your ride on a well maintained waymarked trail.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Worcestershire Walks page.