The Gruffalo Trail

The Gruffalo Trail was launched in 2016.

"Oh help! Oh no! It's a gruffalo!" There’s something different in the woods at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, encouraging children to get out into the great outdoors and adventure into the woods.

The Trail

The Gruffalo Trail features five, larger-than-life sculptures of characters from the ever-popular books created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler: Mouse, Fox, Snake, Owl and the Gruffalo. An activity pack with added extras to complete along the trail and do at home is available from the Queenswood gift shop.

The sculptures themselves have been created by talented local chainsaw carver Steve Elsby. Steve created the original animal sculptures which can be found in Queenswood Arboretum and are a highlight of many visits. 

Engagement Officer, Hayley Herridge, who has designed the trail commented: “The Gruffalo is such a well-know and well-loved character we’re hoping this trail will encourage more children to explore the woodlands at Queenswood – it’s a fun way to present the woodland and the wildlife you might find there.”

  • The trail is open all year-round
  • The trail is aimed predominantly at children aged 2 to 6 years but is great fun for all the family
  • The trail is less than 1.5 km long so manageable for little legs
  • The trail is suitable for pushchairs and buggies
  • The activity pack, available from the Gift Shop, costs £1.


The Gruffalo Trail has been supported by...

Installation of the Gruffalo Trail has been made possible through Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative. Herefordshire Wildlife Trust were awarded £12,000 from the scheme in 2016 following public voting for the Gruffalo Trail in Tesco stores across Hereford.