Trails

The Nature Reserve hosts a variety of interactive trails all of which help you to understand and appreciate the surroundings and get you fit at the same time!

Just grab your trail packs at the visitor center as soon as you arrive. All only £1

You’ll receive a rubbing pack and crayon with each pack

Explorer’s Trail. At 2.25 miles long this trail is ideal for a morning or afternoon stroll with the family. Grab your pack from the the visitor center and discover your first ‘rubbing station’ at the first gate. There are nine rubbing plaques to find and you’ll discover everything from enchanted woodlands to wildlife rich ponds. Every pack focuses on seasonal wildlife so visit in April for the ‘spring’ pack and December for the ‘winter’ pack. Simply follow the blue crow signs!  . Cyclists can follow this trail but must push bikes through the woodland

A Breadth of Fresh Hare Trail. At only 1.1 miles long (cycle option 1.4 miles) this trail is targeted at getting you out and about in hare country. You’ll be close to the wind turbines, cross a bridge full of newts and discover a bird hide. There is a cycling friendly option with this trail.

Woodland Discovery Trail. This trail is simply stunning and takes you through both of Watchtree’s woodlands – Pond Wood and Pow Wood. As the trail suggests, you’ll discover everything there is to know about our trees. Did you know 18 species of tree were planted here including Rowan, Aspen and Crab Apple? Collect your leaf rubbing pack and crayon at the visitor center then just walk to the woodlands via the meadow paths. Cyclists can follow this trail but must push bikes through the woodland or leave them at the woodland entrance.

Orienteering. We have two permanent courses here at Watchtree and more are planned. Orienteering instruction is also available and many groups and schools visit for orienteering sessions and races. See our dedicated orienteering page for more information

Future trails.…there are plans for additional trails in the future including a John Muir themed trail so watch this space.