Gruffalo Trail

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The Gruffalo Trail brings the deep dark wood, & Julia Donaldson’s 1999 classic bedtime story to life. Immerse yourself in the magic of one of the nations most beloved children’s tales at a special selection of forests dotted across the UK. 

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What Is The Gruffalo Trail?

Explore the sensational hand-crafted sculptures of your favourite Gruffalo characters across a collection of charming routes. These woodland walks transform Axel Scheffler’s illustrations as physical beings ready & waiting to be adored in the environment they were destined to live in. 

All in all, strolling through the Gruffalo trail takes around 45 minutes, but please enjoy & feel no need to rush or zoom through the day. Do not worry, there is no need to book space as the walk is fully self-guided. There are plenty of photo opportunities to capture those invaluable memories, or check out the augmented reality app to add in the illusion of the great Gruffalo. Just do not forget those wellies!

Where Is The Gruffalo Trail?

Good news… There is not just one, but a plethora of lovely locations all over the UK where you can get out & about to enjoy the Gruffalo in the great outdoors. The Gruffalo trail is headed up by the Forestry Commission & currently exists at 26 different forests across the country, including:

  • Alice Holt, Surrey
  • Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Kent
  • Beechenhurst Forest, Gloucestershire 
  • Bolderwood Forest, Hampshire
  • Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire
  • Cardinham Woods, Cornwall
  • Dalby Forest, Yorkshire
  • Delamere Forest, Cheshire
  • Gisburn, Lancashire
  • Grizedale Forest, Cumbria
  • Guisborough Forest, North Yorkshire
  • Haldon Forest Park, Exeter
  • Hamsterley, Durham
  • Haughmond Hill, Shropshire
  • Hick’s Lodge, Leicestershire
  • High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Suffolk
  • Jeskyns Forest, Kent
  • Kielder Forest & Castle, Northumberland
  • Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset
  • Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly
  • Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire
  • Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire
  • Top Lodge, Fineshade Woods, Northamptonshire
  • Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire
  • Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire 
  • Whinlatter, Cumbria
  • Wyre Forest, Worcestershire

With so many top locations to visit, there is bound to be one nearby. Or better yet, plan a mini-break or long weekend away & make sure you seek out your nearest trail. There is plenty of parking spaces as well as picnic areas so you will be well accommodated upon arrival.

The Gruffalo Spotter App

The free Gruffalo Spotter app is the must-have companion for strolling the routes. The Forestry Commission have partnered with Nexus Studios, & Magic Light Pictures to mix technology with nature to bring to you the ultimate Gruffalo experience. The interactive path features a selection of very special footprint signs; one for each character, which when used with the augmented reality app, presents a 3D animated version, including a life-sized Gruffalo! 

The Gruffalo Spotter can be applied in 26 different forests in the UK, including Beechenhurst, Cannock Chase Forest, Delamere Forest, Guisborough Forest, Moors Valley Country Park, Sherwood Pines Forest Park, and Wendover Woods. 

Download on iOS | Download on Android

Get Your Hands On These Gruffalo Goods

As the officially licensed Gruffalo Shop, we have all the fundamental merchandise you need. Perfect for children, adults, classrooms, & the collectors of this world, our store is at your service. Browse & order the following:

Also, did you know? 2019 celebrates the 20th birthday of the original Gruffalo story getting published. To commemorate such an amazing anniversary, a limited edition Gruffalo 50p coin can be yours to own. It will Definitely become a real prized possession!

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Plan The Perfect School Trip

The Gruffalo trail will help children learn more about our forests, seeing that they are wonderful, peaceful, & mesmerising aspects of nature. 

The Deep Dark Wood, the enchanting setting that made this modern classic so popular is also an idyllic day out to add to the educational calendar. With a number of country parks & forests hosting these terrific orienteering trails, there is bound to be one not too far away! Perfect for children & adults alike, there is plenty to see & do. Your class will love the hand-crafted carvings of all their favourite Gruffalo creatures, as well as explore the habitats of the Fox, Mouse, Owl, & Snake. 

Explore More Gruffalo Events

Many other spectacular Gruffalo events occur up & down the country. With international book festivals, live tours & performances, there is something for every kind of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler fan. 

Join up with the mouse with no fear for The Gruffalo Live with this marvellous musical adaptation. Sing along, laugh out loud, & revel in the performance of your child’s cherished story - find tickets here

Get Your Personalised Merchandise

How much do you really love The Gruffalo? You can love it even more with our collection of official personalised merchandise. Customise a broad range of essentials such as t-shirts, water bottles, lunch boxes, & so much more. They make the ideal gift & the personal touch always go down a treat. Perfect for all ages, especially the avid super fans out there. 

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