Combe Mill and The Forest Trail
The Forest Trail
The Forest Trail starts at Combe Mill and takes the children through the managed and ancient forest area up above the old Saw Mill. The Trail, led by Palace staff, concentrates on giving children insights into the importance of trees, their variety and their uses - past and present. The Trail gives the children opportunities to identify trees and to consider their environmental importance.
Children will be given their own 'tree bag' so they can collect items for a nature table back at school or for a follow up project of their own. The Trail also explains how the Blenheim Foresters manage parts of the Forest and the difference between pollarding and coppicing.
On the Trail, the children are shown examples of Alder, Poplar, Hazel, Western Red Cedar, Beech, Douglas Fir, Oak, Ash and Hornbeam trees. The Trail goes into part of the ancient Wychwood Forest.
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As the Trail starts at Combe Mill it is possible to combine a visit to Combe Mill with the Forest Trial. Half the group could visit the Mill whilst the other half go on the Forest Trial. Then they swap round after a break. The visit to the Mill would be led by members of Combe Mill Society. There would need to be enough Teachers to provide staffing with each group. Click to view the Combe Mill website
We strongly recommend a Teacher per-visit. This would be free of charge.
It is advisable for the children and staff to wear Wellington boots, walking boots or waterproof, sturdy shoes as the Trail is steep and muddy if wet. Trousers are strongly recommended as there are stinging nettles in the woods. Raincoats are also advisable as the Forest Trial is all outdoors. If visiting Combe Mill then the children and staff should wear old clothes as they may get dirty.
There is an Education room in the Mill and two toilets on site. Outside the Mill, next to the river there is a picnic site. Teachers should note that the river is not fenced.
Please note that your visit to the Forest Trail and Combe Mill can be booked through the Education Office at Blenheim Palace.