Where To Find Gruffalo Trails In The UK

Can you find the Gruffalo in the forest? Gruffalo trails in the UK are a popular activity for young children and family days out. 

There are giant wooden Gruffalo structures to be found and activity packs. These are all incorporated into the new Gruffalo Spotters 2 augmented reality app.

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Activity packs for the Gruffalo spotters trails cost £3.50 and include: –

  • Gruffalo mask and paws
  • Activity leaflet
  • Crayon and pencil
  • Nature spotters game and instructions
  • Stickers

Complete fun family activities and learn about each animal from the book as you follow the new interactive trail. The trails are aimed at families with children aged 3-9.

If you’d like your own Gruffalo printables to complete at home, Forestry England have some great free activity sheets you can download.

There are also rubbings to complete and other characters to look out for as you go! Use the app to see the characters appear in the forest around you. Don’t forget to check out all the great play areas at many of the sites as well.

Why not also try out the Gruffalo orienteering trails near you. There are hidden markers in the deep dark wood to discover. Answer questions along the way as you gain map reading and decision making skills. Which is the best Gruffalo trail in the UK

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Moors Valley Country Park

Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET

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Trail length: 2km

Terrain: The ground on the Gruffalo spotting trail at Moors Valley is mostly level and made up of a gravel surface, suitable for pushchairs.

Starts from: By the totem pole in lower car park

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Alice Holt

Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham, GU10 4LS

Trail length: 1.5km

Terrain: Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, on level or gently sloping paths with one slight incline along the route.

Starts from: Go Ape

Each of the sculptures have been carved in a different position completely unique to Alice Holt Forest.

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Bedgebury National Pinetum

Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, TN17 2SJ

Trail length: 1 mile

Terrain: Trail is on accessible surfaced paths. Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Seating available along the route.

Starts from: The visitor Centre

Bedgebury Pinetum covers around 128 hectares and the six large wooden Gruffalo sculptures are hiding amongst the trees. The Gruffalo characters including Fox, Mouse, Snake, Squirrel and Owl are spread out across the pinetum.

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Kielder Castle

Kielder, NE48 1ER

Trail length: 2.4km

Terrain: Mostly level surfaced trail, suitable for buggies, one flight of steps (buggies need to be carried over these).

Starts from: The Castle

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Jeskyns Community Woodland

Henhurst Road, Cobham, Kent, DA12 3AN

Trail length: 1.2km

Terrain: Mostly hard surfaced, with a small grass section.

Starts from: This Gruffalo trail in Kent starts just south of the cafe at Jeskyns Community Woodland.

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Salcey Forest Gruffalo Trail

Quinton Road, Northamptonshire, NN7 2HX

Trail length: 1.2km

Terrain: Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs on level, surfaced ground. Seating available along the route.

Starts from: Start of the walking trails

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Westonbirt Arboretum

The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS

Trail length: 2.5km

Terrain: Mostly hard path surfaces, largely flat but with a steep ascent at the end of the trail. Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Please note that dogs are allowed on the trail.

Starts from: Silk Wood

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Sherwood Pines

Kings Clipstone, Nottingham, NG21 9JL

Trail length: 2km

Terrain: Suitable for pushchairs, on level or gently sloping natural forest paths.

Starts from: Near the classroom

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Hamsterley Forest Gruffalo Trail

Bedburn, Hamsterley, DL13 3NL

Trail length: 1.5 miles

Terrain: All surfaced paths, mostly level but with one moderate incline

Starts from: Visitor Centre

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Beechenhurst

Speech House Road, Coleford, GL16 7EL

Trail length: 1.6km

Terrain: Hard forest tracks (walking into some of the areas will be forest floor) but all accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Starts from: Visitor Centre

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Cannock Chase Forest

Birches Valley, Rugeley, WS15 2UQ

Trail length: 1.6km

Terrain: The path is level surfaced and suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs

Starts from: Birches Valley Forest Centre, to the left of the Go Ape hut

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Dalby Forest Gruffalo Trail

Low Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering

Trail length: 2km

Terrain: An easy and accessible route on level, surfaced ground. Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Starts from: World Cup Car Park near Adderstone Field

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Fineshade Wood

Top Lodge, Fineshade, Near Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 3BB

Trail length: 3km

Terrain: Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, on level or gently sloping surfaced paths.

Starts from: Top of the car park, by the trail heads

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Hicks Lodge

Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Swadlincote, LE65 2UP

Trail length: 2km

Terrain: Mostly level surfaced trail, suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and pedestrians. Note that the route is also used by dog walkers, horses and cycles.

Starts from: Start of the Lake Loop

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High Lodge Forest Centre

Thetford Forest, Brandon, IP27 0AF

Trail length: 1.2km

Terrain: Majority level surfaced path, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Some small sections are uneven forest terrain.

Starts from: By the Pine, Fir and Heritage Trails

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Wendover Woods

Upper Icknield Way, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, HP22 5NQ

Trail length: 2km

Terrain: The Gruffalo trail at Wendover Woods is mainly surfaced with some well compacted woodland paths. Some hilly sections.

Starts from: The information point

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Haldon Forest Park

Bullers Hill, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7XR

Trail Length: 2.5km

Terrain: A mostly level surface, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Starts from: The start of the Discovery Trail

The newest Gruffalo spotters trail in the UK is at Haldon Forest Park. Just 15 minutes from Exeter.

Wyre Forest

Callow Hill, Bewdley, DY14 9XQ

Trail Length: 1.3km

Terrain: Suitable for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and buggys.

Starts from: Next to play area through the black archway.

Delamere Forest

Linmere, Delamere, Northwich, CW8 2HZ

Whilst there isn’t a dedicated Gruffalo trail at Delamere Forest, hidden in the deep dark woods, you’ll spot a Gruffalo structure. Can you spot him by walking through the Blakemere or Linmere walking trails.

Sherwood Pines

Kings Clipstone, Nottingham, NG21 9JL

Trail Length: 2km

Terrain: This Gruffalo trail in Nottingham is suitable for pushchairs, on level or gently sloping natural forest paths.

Starts from: By the classroom

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