10 amazing forests in the UK

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Britain has a varied geography, and although many people still associate it with rolling hills or moorlands, there are several ancient (and some not so ancient) forests that can rival any of the woods in mainland Europe. After all, the UK is the home of Robin Hood (who made his living in a forest), as well as the friendly forest creatures from Winnie the Pooh. If you feel like wandering under the shadow of majestic trees for a while, and breathe in the smells of the forest, here are 10 amazing forests in the UK for you.

1. Hartburn Glebe, Northumberland

You will need to hike a bit until you reach this forest, but the views that will open for your eyes are worth every single drop of sweat. Circular trails will ensure that you see as much of the woods as possible, as well as some astounding cliffs.

2. Newforest, Hampshire

Jane Austen was a frequent visitor of these woods, and several pieces of British literature were inspired by it. You’ll have to share the footpaths of the forest with some 3000 ponies who peacefully graze around.

3. Ashdown Forest, East Sussex

Ashdown Forest, photo by fishbone1

Ashdown Forest is beautiful, there’s no other way to put it, and if you have kids, you won’t have any trouble convincing them to visit – seeing as this is the home of the famous and beloved Winnie the Pooh.

 

4. Ledmore and Migdale, Highlands

If you like your landscapes wild and rugged, you will just love Ledmore and Migdale. The forest itself is nice, but the main attractions are the amazing views over Skibo Castle, valley bogland and other panoramas.

5. Priestly Wood, Suffolk

Spring is a great time to visit British forest, because some of them are chock full of wildflowers, and there’s nothing better than taking a walk through Priestly Wood, for example, and oggling the spotted orchids, wild garlic, broad-leaved helleborines, herb Paris, primroses and bluebells.

6. Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest, photo by publicenergy

Follow in the footsteps of the famous brigand with a heart of gold, Robin Hood, and explore the secret o Sherwood Forest (especially if you are visiting during the annual Robin Hood festival in summer).

 

7. Duncliffe Wood, Dorset

Duncliff Wood in Spring and Summer is one of the most amazing things you’ll ever see – virtually all of the forest floor is covered in tiny dainty bluebell flowers. Visit in the evening and breathe in the scent of the Good Friday flowers – definitely one of the 10 most amazing forests in the UK.

8. Banagher Glen, County Derry

British forests have been walked and explored by centuries’ worth of visitors, but Banagher Glen is virtually untouched – which is why it is so appealing. The ancient forest is cut through by ravines and steep fells.

9. Eridge Rocks, East Sussex

Eridge Rocks

Victorian Brits came to this forest to hold dinner parties and theatrical performances with the wild rocks of the forest as a backdrop. These woods are some of the oldest and most charming in Britain.

 

10. Epping Forest, Essex

Epping Forest has a bit of a shady history, as it was notorious for highway robbery in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the past, it was also used for timber, and the long-fallen trunks have now become the home of mushrooms and plants.

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