Things to see and do at Boarstall Duck Decoy

Wander through the woodland, gain an insight into rural life in times gone by and celebrate the great outdoors. You'll find plenty to explore on a day out at Boarstall Duck Decoy.

Woodland

Boarstall Duck Decoy is surrounded by ancient woodland with a circular walk. The route takes approximately an hour and stout footwear is recommended. Experience a sight to behold with bluebells carpeting the woodland in spring, warming breezes during the summer as the birds chatter and the crunch of leaves in autumn. 

The woodland at the Duck Decoy was once part of the ancient royal hunting forest of Bernwood. Many of the oak trees date back to the last days of this hunting forest.

Home Pipe

The home pipe is one of three pipes that can be seen at the Duck Decoy. These netted channels are a seventeenth-century invention for catching wildfowl.

Very few duck decoys remain in Britain, the Home Pipe in spring lives on at Boarstall to remind us of rural life in the past
View of the Home Pipe in the Spring
Very few duck decoys remain in Britain, the Home Pipe in spring lives on at Boarstall to remind us of rural life in the past

Dog walking

Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the woods as your dog has a good sniff around the woodland. Please help the team at Boarstall and the wildlife in the wood by keeping your dog on a lead and picking up after it. 

Natural play

The surrounding woodland makes a great outdoor playground. Follow the trail to find to stepping logs, fallen trees to climb and a den building area where you can create your own adventure.

Enjoy the woods with the family
Family enjoying woodland
Enjoy the woods with the family
A girl and boy help each other to build a den

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 at Boarstall Duck Decoy

Throughout the year, there are plenty of outdoor activities for the kids to get stuck into at the Decoy. Grab a 50 things scrapbook and start your challenge when you arrive.