This year, 2012, Her Majesty, the Queen celebrates 60 years as a British Monarch. As the whole UK is gearing up to celebrate this wonderful event, there is no better way of adding to the excitement of the celebration than by visiting the royal woodland walks . All these woods have royal connections, so as you walk through these woods, you will learn their history and their connection to the royal family. Below are a few of the royal woodland walks. To begin the royal journey, continue reading.
The Rockingham Forest - Fineshade Wood is an epitome of medieval hunting forest. It is filled with ancient woodland and open agricultural land with plenty of historic features. This woodland has plenty of routes for walking, cycling and riding. Fineshade wood also has a visitor’s centre and a café with cycle hire. These confiner woodlands serve as a haven for red kites, goshawks, ravens and spotted woodpeckers and also several deer species. Why not stay in the caravan club site overnight to enjoy the Queen’s celebrations.
Epping Forest also called the People’s Forest as it was named by Queen Victoria for the people to enjoy a large area of about 6000 acres. This woodland walk has a wide range of habitats, which has made it a woodland of great scientific interest. This is a former royal hunting forest, which has played host to many kings and queens over the years. These woods bear thousands of ancient and magnificent trees as well as flower rich meadows. The varied landscape of these woods provides an excellent opportunity for an interesting and enjoyable day out. Henry III gave these woods the legal status as royal woods. Queen Elizabeth’s hunting lodge here helps you enjoy the stunning views of the forest from its upper floors and displays in its kitchen.
The Achray forest present between Loch Archray and Trossachs is sure to provide you with the most exhilarating walks. These woodland walks are a wonderful way to explore Queen Elizabeth’s Forest Park. The beautiful highland scenery will offer you a leisurely drive through these walks. There’s plenty of parking space so celebrate with no worries in this royal woodland.
The Savernake Forest is a remnant of one of Wiltshire's ancient royal forests, which were loved by Norman kings. These woodland walks are famous for the big belly oak, a 1000 year old oak tree. It has a variety of flora and fauna, which makes it a site of great scientific interest. This forest is privately owned by Earl of Cardigan and his family. The Grand avenue, a private road in these woods, has broken the Guinness record of being the longest avenue in Britain.
Hatfield forest is also the oldest hunting forest. Only the king was allowed to hunt here in the 12th century. You can spot several native and exotic trees in this wood.
For a royal day out log on to www.VisitWoods.org.uk
The creation of the VisitWoods website has been made possible by funding of £1.2 million from Natural England’s Access to Nature scheme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, with further support coming from Yell and DoubleTree by Hilton.