An easy walk along well-marked paths through woodland suitable for any time of year, with particularly lovely colour in autumn. Some muddy patches, as to be expected in woods, but no stiles and fine for dogs. There is a small shop and takeaway cafe in the car park.
Map & Info
Start / finish
Whiteways car park (free)
Distance / ascent / time est.
2.8 miles / 180ft / 1-2hrs
Surface / terrain
Footpaths & tracks / undulating
Stiles / road crossings
No stiles / no road crossings
N / A
Blue square = 1km sq
Numbers correspond to directions below
+ use the images below for additional guidance!
Follow the path into the woods, walking past the Houghton Forest sign (1, 1a).
When the path forks, keep right, towards the timber stacks, and keep going straight on (2).
Stay on the main path, ignoring a path that goes off to the right (3), and then ignoring a path that goes off to the left (4).
Soon you’ll reach the top of the loop (as shown on the map above) – turn left (5). At this point, you’ll see farmland to your right through the trees.
Keep on the path a short while until you see a left turn (6) – take it.
After a few minutes, at a T junction, turn right (7) to rejoin the path you walked up on. You can now retrace your steps back to the car park.
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