Gateway to the Forest of Dean

The Gruffalo Trail
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The DHC would like to thank the following contributors for sponsoring the Gruffalo Trail.

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The Royal Forest of Dean Rotary Club




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Woodland trails at the Centre.

The Gruffalo Trail opened in 2012 and was replaced by the Gruffalo's Child trail in 2013.

Brand new Room on the Broom trail Coming Friday 18th April 2014.

The Gruffalo's Child trail will close on the 30th March 2014 to make room for Room on the Broom.

(Please note: dogs are NOT allowed within the Centre or on the trail. The trail is pushchair friendly but can get extremely muddy in wet weather. Wheelchairs can access the trail but it could prove difficult for some.)

About the previous Gruffalo and Gruffalo's Child trails.

The woodland trails were a series of wooden carvings across our woodland site, depicting the adventures from the best loved childrens story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.


The trail recreated scenes from the storybook, including the mouse's confrontations with the fox, the owl and the snake. The Gruffalo has received worldwide acclaim, selling 3.5 million copies in 31 different countries and a short film of the book featuring famous names from the British acting industry, was nominated for an Oscar last year.
Gruffalo meets the Gruffalo
The wooden sculptures were painstakingly carved by resident chainsaw artists Clayton Ryderand his team, using locally sourced redwood from the Forest of Dean.


Former England rugby captain and Gloucester Rugby stalwart Phil Vickery was on hand to open the Gruffalo trail at the Dean Heritage Centre near Soudley on the 31st March with his family. Phil said he was delighted to lend his support to the Dean Heritage Centre and thought the Gruffalo trail was great for families and children.


The Dean Heritage Centre has worked in partnership with local primary schools including Newnham St Peters, Littledean, St Whites Primary and Soudley who kindly decorated toadstools, butterflies and other insects that decorate the backdrop of each Gruffalo scene. Year nine pupils from Lakers school have made interactive indoor activities and a Gruffalo house which provide plenty of fun whilst incorporating numeracy, literacy and science skills.

Gruffalo image

For photos of the trail click here.

The DHC thanks author Julia Donaldson, illustrator Axel Scheffler and publisher's Macmillan Children's Books, London, UK, for permission to create the Gruffalo trail.