Whatever the weather, a woodland is a wonderful place to get back to nature. We love getting outdoors at Joules, so we have teamed up with our partners at the Woodland Trust to share some of the best trails for woodland walks. So dig out your wellies and head outside for fun and some fresh air. Why not let us know your favourite walking spots in the comments below?

1. Pressmennan Wood, Stenton, near Dunbar, Scotland

This is a perfect location for you to explore, with a beautiful lake, sculpture trail, and amazing views towards the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock. Look out for the magnificent ancient oak trees and an array of wildlife, from deer and hares to otters and owls.  

2. Fingle Woods, fringes of Dartmoor, England

On the Southern side of the steep Teign Valley you’ll find this beautiful ancient woodland.  Keep your eyes peeled for the kingfishers or birds of prey that live among the trees.

3. Masons Wood, close to Preston, England

This beautiful woodland is a great place to de-stress.  It’s magical in mid-April to early June, when bluebells bloom at their colourful best.

4. Coed-y-Wenallt, near Cardiff, Wales

This woodland is also coated in a vast sea of bluebells each spring. It’s full of beautiful birds and wildlife too. Listen out for the sound of great spotted woodpeckers nosily drumming their beaks against tree trunks.

5. Martinshaw Wood, close to Ratby and Groby, Leicestershire, England

 There are over 254 acres of woodland to explore here, with more than 36 species of tree growing tall. Connected to the National Forest through an extensive network of footpaths, this wood is a dog walker’s dream – just make sure you follow the Woodland Trust’s Dog Walker’s Code.

6. Hackfall, edge of Yorkshire Dales, England

Both little and grown-up adventurers will find plenty to do at this wood. Rustic temples and grottos sit amid the shelter of the trees, waiting to be explored. Several streams wind their way through the wood, cascading across a series of waterfalls. If you’re really lucky, you may spot one of the otters that call the wood home.

7. Heartwood Forest, Sandridge, England

Farmland has been transformed into a thriving natural habitat at this newly planted woodland. Wildflowers bloom in open meadows each spring, providing food for butterflies and bees, while barn owls come out to hunt as the sun goes down.

From wildlife to waterfalls, there are endless possibilities whilst walking in a woodland. The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, working to highlight the importance of protecting and creating woodland, so that it can be enjoyed by everyone – now and in years to come.

Whenever you are in the UK you are certain to be closer to a Woodland Trust wood than you think, with over 1,000 sites.

If you’re taking the kids along too, make sure to have a look at our Guide to Exploring Spring Time Woods!

This post was brought to you in partnership with the Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity.  With over 1,000 free-to-visit woods across the UK, why not head to your nearest Woodland Trust site for your next walk?

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