Outdoor activities at Dudmaston
- 20 September 2023
The trails in Comer Woods are open every day so you can get outdoors and experience the woodland at your own pace. The Explorer Trail is a multi-surface path open for walking, cycling and running. The all-year paths are also accessible for wheelchair users to get closer to nature. With parking nearby it’s the perfect place for all the family to explore.
The route offers a 3.5km safe off-road path through Dudmaston's stunning woodland. The circular trail has been designed with materials that will mean it can be enjoyed all year round, by a wide variety of users.
Easy access to woodland
In partnership with Sport England, the National Lottery and The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, Dudmaston is part of a national project to provide multi-use trails, giving you the opportunity to explore more of the estate than ever before.
Get closer to nature
The trail will take you through ancient woodland, productive conifer plantations and heath meadow. Look out for woodland birds including wood pigeons and blue tits that like the shelter of the trees.
Access for all
The Explorer Trail is multi-use, intended for walkers, runners, cyclists and adapted wheelchair users. The route is aimed at people who aren’t regularly taking part in activity and is suitable for families and less-experienced cyclists.
Horse riders also share the woods, so please look out for one another and take note of which paths are suitable for your activity. Towards the end of the Explorer Trail, the route splits into two paths, one for walkers and one for cyclists. Both paths meet back in the car park.
As more families visit Dudmaston, it’s important we can provide a safe place for you to enjoy the wider estate - somewhere for families to be active together in a safe, traffic-free environment.
Stop off halfway along the trail at the Scout Camp. It’s a great place to pause for some outdoor games. A little further along the route, there's a great spot for den building.
Challenge your family to build the best woodland shelter before continuing on your way. Follow the tree stump stepping stone path as you head out for more adventures.
Bring your bikes
Bring your bikes and try out the new trail in Comer Woods. This mixed-surface route is perfect for families and anyone not quite ready for road cycling just yet.
Borrow a balance bike
We want to help the next generation’s cyclists learn to ride, starting their lifelong love of cycling in beautiful natural surroundings. We’ve teamed up with British Cycling and HSBC UK to provide free balance bikes for the youngest visitors.
Turn up and ride
The bikes are available to hire on Saturdays and Sundays from The Café in Comer Woods. Find us just a short walk from the car park near Heath Barn.
Borrowing a bike is completely free. We'll ask for your name and a contact number before you set off.
We recommend using the balance bikes in the meadow and along the Explorer trail. The surface here makes it an easier ride for your young ones.
- Light layers
- Sensible shoes
- A cycling helmet
Out for a jog? The Explorer Trail is 3.4km long - a good distance for beginners and little legs to try. The route is circular and begins and finishes in the car park.
- Light layers
- Sensible shoes
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