Exploring Alice Holt Forest

Alice Holt Forest

Alice Holt Forest trees

Since returning from our recent holiday to Canada, we’ve been craving a more “active” life than the one we have! Yeah sure, sitting in our PJs binge-watching Parenthood is the absolute one, but life is all about balance, y’know?

Plus, I always find getting out in the fresh air does WONDERS for my mental health. In fact, on Friday afternoon I spent the majority of the afternoon in the sunshine sat in my Mum’s garden chatting away and drinking tea and cake.

Anyway, I digress because this post is about Saturday. On a (bit) of a whim, it was decided that Liam and I would meet our pal Ellie at the Alice Holt Forest Centre in Farnham to go for a woodlands stroll. The weather was supposed to be good, and walking was an activity we all agreed was active and something we’d all be up for doing. We probably could have rented bikes, but the trails didn’t seem long enough to bother with the extra faff and expense.

The trail we decided to go for was the Lodge Pond Trail which is 2.5 miles long. The perfect length to kill a few hours soaking up some sunshine and nature. Well, we got one of those things. The sunshine disappeared as me and Liam were driving along the motorway, and although for the majority of the walk it was still nice and warm, in the last 20 or so minutes we were greeted with pretty heavy rain!

Alice Holt stream

Lodge Pond at Alice Holt Forest

So let me tell you a bit about Alice Holt Forest – first of all, it’s beautiful. There are loads of different trees dotted around and every once in a while you’ll stumble across a bubbling stream running around them.

Of course, you also have the huge Lodge Pond which is a popular fishing spot but more importantly a great place to see ducks! I attempted an arty photo below with the duck out of focus but Liam thought it was a mistake…

Ducks Alice Holt Lodge Pond

Woodpecker statue Alice Holt Forest

Den at Alice Holt Forest

Throughout the forest, there are big wooden structures for kids to play on, as well as dens made out of sticks that have been built by those who take part in the holiday camps. As expertly modelled by me above…

Although it was a little disappointing that there wasn’t really any wildlife to be seen (I was hoping rather foolishly that I’d see an owl because owls are awesome), there is still plenty to see at Alice Holt. Just fair warning…if you plan on doing the Lodge Pond trail like we did, be prepared for lots of mud! My trainers are now caked in the stuff…

Entry for Alice Holt Forest Centre is free, but you do have to pay for parking. It’s well worth the trip, and there’s even BirdWorld down the road as well if you fancy making a day of it! We opted for the pub instead this time…

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