THE Forestry Commission is encouraging families to explore Abbeyford Woods near Okehampton as a cheap way to enjoy a day out together.

The move comes in response to a report by charity Family Action, which states that many children in 'poor and middle-income families' face a summer of being 'stuck at home' as their parents struggle to afford family days out.

The woodland walks lead past Douglas fir trees, areas of old beech and alongside the banks of the Okement, and you can join the Tarka Trail from the woods, or explore the many unmarked trails and tracks.

Some forests charge a small amount for parking, but are otherwise entirely free to enter.

Pam Warhurst, chair of the Forestry Commission, said: 'All over the country there are Forestry Commission woodlands open every day where families can be out and active at very little cost.

'The recent report by the Independent Panel on foresty highlighted the value that forests can add to people's lives.

'Our aim at Forestry Commission England is to get as many people as possible into our forests having fun whatever the weather and regardless of what is in their wallets.'

Other Forestry Commission forests include Haldon Forest Park near Exeter, and Bellever on Dartmoor.

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