What to take
You don't need any specialist equipment to enjoy the woods, however here are some items you might want to take along to help you get the most out of your visit.
Plenty to drink
You might get thirsty while in the woods, especially if you are moving around a lot. Make sure you take enough water for your visit. Make sure you take your rubbish home with you!
Even if you're not planning to spend a long time in the woods it's a good idea to take a snack, such as cereal bars or fruit with you. For a longer visit why not take a picnic? This free picnic pack from Nature Detectives is filled with great ideas.
A map of the wood
You can print a free map from our interactive maps. Simply find the wood you want to visit, click on maps and directions and then click on the print button within the map. You can print a road map or click on the maps button to select an Ordnance Survey version.
A mobile phone is useful in case of emergencies, particularly if you're going out alone. For peace and quiet, simply put your phone on silent. Some woods have poor reception so tell somebody where you are going and what time you plan to return.
If you're travelling by public transport be sure to find out the return bus times, especially the last bus of the day. Many rural woods have limited public transport services. You can find bus times for woods with public transport nearby by finding the wood you wish to visit, go to the maps and directions page and using the Transport Direct search below the map.