From the big screen to the beaten track – can you spot The Highway Rat at Moors Valley? (Jan 2018)

From the big screen to the beaten track – can you spot The Highway Rat at Moors Valley? (Jan 2018)

Families are invited by the Forestry Commission to escape the rat race by visiting Moors Valley Country Park and Forest to enjoy the exciting new character activity trail.

‘The Highway Rat’ Activity Trail is inspired by the story of the same name by much-loved children’s author and illustrator-duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The activity is being brought to life thanks to a partnership between the Forestry Commission and Magic Light Pictures.

In celebration of the Highway Rat animation, produced by Magic Light that premiered on BBC One during the Christmas schedule, families can explore the new themed Activity Trail which will be launching at Moors Valley’s beautiful forest location on Saturday 20 January 2018.

Those looking for a way to ‘shun the sofa’ should take to the trails and try to catch a glimpse of the ‘beastly and bad’ star, whilst enjoying fun family activity in the great outdoors.

Visitors to the trail can explore and enjoy the world of their local woodland wildlife as they follow in the footsteps of a mischievous rodent intent on swiping the sweet treats of every creature he encounters (keep a close eye on your picnics!).

Families will also be able to pick up an exclusive highway saddle bag for just £3.00, which includes a Highway Rat mask and a series of fun activities to complete along the trail.

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Images: Please contact the Forestry Commission on the details below. Images must credit Forestry Commission, Crown Copyright

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at
England’s Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission

Media Contact for the Highway Rat Trails: Sarah Bartlett – | 0207 067 1595

Media Contact for Forestry Commission: Esta Mion – | 0300 067 4634 | 07900 137 957

Media contacts for Magic Light: Steph Faber –; Tamara Bishopp –