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Top 10 tips for walking in woods

 

  1. Check the weather the day before you visit. It’s always advisable to pack a rain mac, just in case.
  2. Bring walking boots or wellies. This still applies in the summer, as the woodland floor can get muddy all year round.
  3. Check access restrictions and car parking before you leave. Take a map, too, particularly if you’re planning a long walk – don’t rely on 4G as many woods are out of signal range. Be sure to stay on the paths to avoid damaging wildlife habitats. Also, some woods might be privately owned, so make sure there is public access.
  4. If you’re bringing your dog along, make sure you read our dog walkers’ code of conduct so you know what’s expected in our woods.
  5. Help us prevent the spread of tree pests and diseases by cleaning your footwear before and after your visit. Wash down your car and bicycle tyres to remove any mud, and ensure you don’t take plant material or cuttings from the countryside.
  6. Pack a first aid kit, including plasters, sun cream and antihistamines.
  7. Take a bottle of water and some snacks or pack a picnic. Remember to pick up after yourself - don’t leave litter behind.
  8. Be extra aware in areas with cattle and look out for horses on bridleway. Don’t get too close, and don’t shout or run as this will startle the animal. Ensure you close gates behind you.
  9. If your walk takes you onto a road with no pavement, and you’re in a small group, keep to the road's right-hand side so you can see the oncoming traffic. Stay in single file and keep close to the side of the road. 
  10. If you’re walking in the woods at night, ensure you wear reflective clothing and take a torch with you.
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Dogs are welcome for walkies in our woods. Take a look at our tips and guidelines for ensuring we keep our woods safe and special for dogs and wildlife.

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