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Forest Ranger Adventures at Forest HolidaysForest Ranger Adventures at Forest Holidays

With more than a fifth of the National Park’s dales and plateaus cloaked in wonderful woodland and forest, there are plenty of activities to immerse yourself in soothing tree-filled surroundings.

Get back to nature with a forest ranger

Discover the forest with a forest ranger Credit Forest Holidays

Forest Holidays’ hide their luxury cabins in idyllic woodland settings at Cropton and Keldy in the National Park. Walks and cycle rides set off from the door, try your hand at archery while thrill-seekers can tackle the zip wire.

Or join their Forest Ranger, Robin, who'll introduce you to a world of woodland secrets, bushcraft and survival skills, and soon woodland will become much more than just a beautiful backdrop.

Drawing on his knowledge and enthusiasm, Robin will bring the forest to life, whether it’s spotting nocturnal wildlife while using night vision equipment on an after-dark walk, foraging for wild food or showing you how to make a nettle rope.

Or maybe you'd just prefer to lie back in the outdoor hot tub with the sounds of the night forest around you. You may even be lucky enough to hear a nightjar churring.

Forest Holidays’ ranger experiences can be booked as part of your stay.


Bushcraft and spoon carving

Axe throwing with Rewilding Adventures

Rewilding Adventure’s bushcraft experiences offer micro adventures where you come back de-stressed and with a renewed appreciation of forests, as well as a heap of wood crafting and back-to-nature camping skills.

You can join anything from an afternoon taster session right up to a full-on weekender where you’ll learn how to light a fire without matches, craft your own wooden spoons and bowls, build a shelter, sleep in a hammock, bake bread and discover an infinite fascination with trees and woodland wildlife.

Make the most of woodland by booking on a Rewilding Adventure.


Mindfulness and forest bathing

Chilling out in Dalby Forest Credit Michael Hill/Forestry England

The woodland at Dalby Forest surrounding High Dalby House is an oasis of calm, making it a perfect location to take part in one of the mindfulness and forest bathing sessions run by the retreat’s owners, Ian and Linda Robinson.

The physical and spiritual recharging continues back at the 17th country house where guests can unwind further by wandering through the gardens to the sounds of a stream gently trickling and birds singing.

High Dalby House is also a member of both the retreat association and the quiet garden movement, opening their garden for people to come and reflect, meditate and find peace.

Start your physical and spiritual recharging by booking your retreat.


Wood Life Festival (25-26 July)

The Lost Words: Told in Gold by Chris Payne

Can't see the wood for the trees? You must be at our brand new festival where we're joining forces with experts, specialists and enthusiasts from the wonderful world of woodland, to highlight the importance of trees in combating the climate crisis as well as boosting our wellbeing.

Woodcraft artisans such as chainsaw sculptors, willow weavers and charcoal makers will come together alongside wood instrument musicians, storytellers and archers for a weekend of entertainment. 

Wrapped around the festival weekend are outdoor immersive performances of The Lost Worlds: Told in Gold (24-27 July) based on Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’ acclaimed book. 

Events, activities and wood-based guided walks throughout the year will celebrate our ancient trees, woodland wildlife, and forest customs and skills. 

See the full Wood Life programme for booking details.