Alice Holt’s Forest is Surrey’s stunning forest where families can cycle among the old oak trees

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many people have taken up cycling in the past couple of years or have rediscovered the freedom that cycling provides. Plus, with many families feeling the pinch of food and gas increasing, biking is an affordable and fun activity, especially with kids.

Alice Holt Forest is located near Farnham and was once mainly an ancient oak forest. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it provided timber for the construction of ships for the Royal Navy.

Today it is a much-loved place of beauty, home to great walking, running and biking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, cafe, restrooms, parking, as well as lots of fun activities for kids including Gruffalo sculptures, Go Ape and a Superworm trail.

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To celebrate National Bike Week recently, Forestry England have developed a new Forest Rider Pack highlighting their top 10 family routes around the country, and it includes Alice Holt’s Family Trail. The route takes visitors through majestic ancient oak trees as well as open spaces rich in wildflowers.

The peaceful trail provides the perfect way for the whole family to see the wider forest in a safe environment. You can bring your own bike, but if you don’t have one, you can rent one on site.

Bike rental at Alice Holt is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as during school holidays and public holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. E-bikes, touring bikes and 24-inch bikes for ages 8 to 11 are available, along with trailers and baby seats for the little ones.

Entrance to the forest is free. However, parking is chargeable.

  • Address: Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham, GU10 4LS.

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