UPDATE (Jan 2021): The Gruffalo spotting trail has now been removed from Wendover Woods but the Gruffalo Orienteering – fun family map reading challenge and the superworm trail is On. See our post HERE
Explore the beautiful Chilterns landscape at Wendover Woods with stunning views across the Chiltern Hills. There’s something for everyone here.
We went for its Gruffalo trail as Ay was obsessed with the story at this age. The whole idea is to find twelve Gruffalo markers hidden in the deep, dark wood. We were thinking of picking up a Gruffalo orienteering leaflet with a certificate and map (for £1.5), but there was a long queue, so we decided against it. There was also the option of an activity pack for £3.50. I would definitely recommend downloading the Gruffalo spotter app. When you reach the spot and put it over the paw print, it shows 3D animation of the character, with which you could take pictures or videos. It made it fun as well as good photo opportunity (it’s absolutely free and you get to keep the pictures- last three pictures will give you an idea what to expect).. must do!!
The course is approximately 1.5k and has some gentle inclines and declines but it was very very muddy. Wellies are a must!!! Don’t even think about not going without one (you will regret it badly)
There is a play area park near the entrance (which I somehow managed to avoid, or we would have spent all the time there). There is also the play trail with wooden equipments dotted around, with a long or short route option, but again that’s for another day, as we focussed on gruffalo trail today.
📅 Different walking/cycling trails available (please see WEBSITE for more details)
🐒 Go Ape Tree Top Challenge and other activities at Wendover Woods (HERE)
🗺 Address: Wendover Woods, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, HP22 5NQ
🎟 Entry and trails free but some activities like goApe chargeable
🚘 Paid parking (Prices HERE)
🚻 Toilets and baby facilities
🍕 Refreshments available
🐕 Dogs allowed with code of conduct
🦽 There is an easy access trail. The Gruffalo trail was buggy accessible in parts (Although the second half of the route is on forest road, some small sections of the path have tree roots and uneven surfaces. Also, very very muddy (even though it was not a rainy day)
🧺 Picnic allowed but BBQ pits currently closed