We caught up with local mum Jenny, who recently took her family along the Firecrest Trail in Wendover Woods, a 2.8-mile signposted walk through the habitat of the firecrest, Europe’s smallest bird……

I took the boys (10 & 8 years) to Wendover Woods at the weekend, it was one a beautiful sunny Spring day after many days of rain and cold I grabbed the opportunity to get the boys outside and in the fresh air.  I am finding the more time they spend indoors and zombified around electronics they become reluctant to ‘go out for a walk etc’ so thought this would do the trick.

We chose the FireCrest walk 2.8 miles, as the boys are 8 and 10 I knew they are very capable of this distance.  The walk is stunning with plenty of natural entertainment on the way as it goes through beatutiful woodland, opens up to lovely views of the Chilterns.  We found it well signed with maps of all the trails available at the information point near the cafe. Firecrest Trail (England)  The walk took 1.5 hours and we finished up with lunch in the cafe which offers the usual tasty fair of tea, coffee, cakes, paninis etc.  

*Since Jenny’s visit, Wendover Wood’s redevelopment is now complete and the centre piece is a brand new visitor hub building.  You’ll find the new Wendover Woods cafe, children’s play area, interpretation and toilets here. The layout has been designed to accommodate more visitors including a larger car park and brand new exit road.

I would highly recommend going for a visit. Parking prices range from £2.20 (up to 2 hours) to £8 (4+ hours) – please note that car park prices will increase from 1st December 2019 – click here for details).

Website: https://www.forestry.gov.uk/wendoverwoods