Burnham Beeches National Nature Reserve is apparently one of the best examples of ancient woodland in Britain. Famed for its beech and oak pollards – many of which are more than 400 years old.
This is a really enjoyable and safe place to take the kids out to explore the countryside. Its great because the tracks are suitable for bikes/scooters or buggys and also because you can find short circular walks suitable for the littlens.
There are boards showing lots of routes that you can explore but in the images above i have included a map of a short walk we have done with the kids. This took us 3/4hr with two 3yrs on their balance bikes at a super slow pace including many stops. The walk starts from the cafe.
There are lots of points around the circumfrance of the park to enter and start your walks but we always start from the cafe. This is on Lord Majors drive, map. See
Gates to the car parks at Burnham Beeches are opened from 8am and are closed at dusk (4pm in winter up to 9pm in summer).
The Beeches Café, public toilets and Information Point are open 364 days of the year (closed on Christmas day); in general they are open between 10am and 5pm (subject to seasonal variations).
If you park next to the cafe you need to buy a pay and display ticket which will cost you £2 for the day.
You can read more about it here
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