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4 Enchanting Woodland Trust Forests You Must Visit

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As we move into springtime and warmer weather is on the horizon, there’s no better time to start thinking about some of the wonderful adventures you can have exploring the great outdoors here in the UK.

With so many beautiful places to explore all across the country, it can be hard to decide where to go on a solo trip or for a day out with your loved ones. This article will highlight four of the most popular Woodland Trust forests you could visit and offer some practical tips to help you plan your trip.

Planning your woodland trip

There are a few important things you need to think about before setting off on your venture into the great outdoors. If you are planning on travelling as part of a group with friends or family, one of the first things you need to think about is transportation. Make sure you travel in a car or van big enough to seat everyone comfortably and that you have enough space inside the vehicle to carry all of your belongings and any equipment you may want to take with you. If you are considering hiring a larger vehicle for your trip, you could look into taking out car insurance for one day to cover you for your journey. Also, make sure you have stocked up on plenty of snacks and water to keep you hydrated as you explore and spend time doing your own research to see what amenities, shops and cafes you may pass when you are in the area.

Below are four of the top Woodland Trust forests you could visit this year:

Credenhill Park Wood, Hereford

Spread out over 90 hectares, this woodland is home to a vast variety of trees and wildflowers that fill this ancient green forest. Credenhill Park Wood has a rich history, and you’ll find one of Britain's large Iron Age hillforts at its peak. There are many easily accessible routes to explore within the woodland which offer fantastic views of the nearby Black Mountains. For wildlife lovers, you’ll be amazed by the vast variety of animals that call Credenhill Park Wood home, from fallow deer and badgers to buzzards and tawny owls.

Hackfall, North Yorkshire

This ancient woodland was awarded the highly coveted European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage at the Europa Nostra Awards back in 2011, and it’s not hard to see why. The woodland features an array of staggering buildings steeped in rich history, which have been lovingly restored over the years. You’ll find walking routes that last anywhere between 30 minutes to three hours long and are perfectly suited to all ages and abilities.

Skipton Castle Woods, Skipton

There’s so much for nature lovers and history buffs alike to appreciate on a visit to Skipton Castle Woods. Pay a visit to one of the country’s most astonishing medieval castles before venturing to the ancient woodland that surrounds it. Its central location means it is easily accessible and you’ll also have access to the local amenities as you enjoy your time in the area.

Aueswell Wood, Devon

Spread out over 342 acres of wild and untamed woodlands, Aueswell Wood is truly a nature lovers paradise. With a varied terrain featuring deep forests and dramatic rocky landscapes, the woods are home to a diverse range of habitats that boast incredible wildlife and flora. Due to its temperate conditions, many beautiful birds can be found here, including tawny owls, treecreepers and green woodpeckers.

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