Close up of orange walking route sign on post in the Forest
Planning your visit

Visiting the Heart of England Forest

The Forest currently covers 7,000 acres with over 100 miles of public and permissive footpaths for people to explore the woodlands and spend time in nature. 

We are passionate about encouraging people to spend time in the Forest, and our staff, volunteers, and supporters all work hard to provide and maintain the public access routes. 

Walking routes can be found in two areas of the Forest, both Dorsington (between Stratford-Upon-Avon and Evesham) and Spernal (between Alcester and Redditch).

Not all areas of the Heart of England Forest offer permissive or public access, so please visit our woodland walks section for full information and downloadable maps of our woodlands with permissive footpath walks.

Please note that all permissive footpaths in the Heart of England Forest are closed for 1 day each year in early December. The actual date is promoted online and in the car parks several weeks in advance. 

Two women walking in the Forest with dogs

Car parks

Currently there are six Forest car parks, offering off road parking at public access points into the Heart of England Forest.

We ask visitors to either display their Friend of the Forest parking permit or make a donation when using these parking facilities to help support the growth of the Forest and provision of public access. Opening at 8am, the Forest car parks are closed at 5pm between October and March and 9pm from April to September.

  • Haydon Way – Spernal Lane, near Studley, nearest postcode B80 7EX or what3words – ///fame.ocean.crop
  • Morgrove Coppice – Burford Lane, Spernal or what3words – ///control.gives.indicated
  • Dorothy’s Wood – Welford Road, Barton, nearest postcode B50 4NP or what3words – ///mush.apart.joke
  • Coxmere Wood – Braggington Lane, Braggington, nearest postcode CV37 8BD or what3words – ///tiles.attic.format
  • Giddings Wood – Long Marston Road, Dorsington, nearest postcode CV37 8BQ or what3words – ///blubber.cunning.crows
  • Noleham Wood – Long Marston Road, Dorsington, nearest postcode CV37 8BQ or what3words – ///guilty.topics.muffin

Our car parks may be closed at certain times due to adverse weather conditions. Please be aware that car parks will remain open through icy and winter conditions, however they will not be gritted or cleared of snow. The decision on whether to use the car park rests with the public.

Please respect our neighbours and use the car parks provided to access the Heart of England Forest. To protect our roadside biodiversity and not restrict access, please do not park on roadsides or verges. Keep gateways clear at all times for us and our neighbours to access with large agricultural and forestry vehicles and livestock. These rules and others form The Countryside Code, a guide for visitors to the countryside to follow to respect everyone, protect the environment and enjoy the Forest. 

View looking up into oak tree canopy