Rainforest Canopy Walkway
- Treetop walk in our Rainforest Biome
- Spectacular views across the Biome
- Accessible to wheelchairs and buggies
The Rainforest Canopy Walkway offers breathtaking views across the Biome, and helps explain the importance of rainforests.
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Along the way you'll learn how rainforests help keep you alive wherever you live. We want the Walkway to inspire you, as it has us, to work to save these precious areas of our planet.
Visiting the Walkway
- Price: admission to the Walkway is included in the normal admission price to Eden. You can get 10% off if you book your tickets in advance online.
- Accessibility: the whole Walkway is accessible to wheelchairs and buggies. We have worked with the Sensory Trust to make sure the experience is great for all ages and abilities.
New section under construction
We are currently working on the next phase of our Rainforest Canopy Walkway – The Weather Maker – which will be open in spring 2017. This means that some routes in the Rainforest Biome are affected and some areas are out of bounds for now. There’s still plenty for everyone to explore, including those of you with wheels.
The Weather Maker will take you around and above the tree tops on an immersive journey of discovery. Trek across a wobbly rope bridge and shelter from tropical rain storms. We’ll be delving into a vital story of our time – how the rainforests help regulate the climate.
Exhibits on the Canopy Walkway
A range of fascinating, and beautiful, exhibits along the walkway will show you why rainforests are so special.
Delve into the secrets of the forest and discover ways of looking after it for all our sakes. At our camp, you'll explore the way of life of the Baka indigenous people who live in the West African rainforests of Cameroon, the Congo basin and Gabon.
- See the shelters they build and hear the music they make using plants found in their sacred forests.
- Find out about the food they've hunted and gathered for thousands of years.
- Understand how their way of life, superb listening skills, deep forest knowledge and the forest itself are now under threat.
Find out more about the Baka people on the Baka website, or see a video of the hut being built set to tribal music.
Explore the IKOS pod - an aerial laboratory and campsite where canopy scientists explore life at a different level. Here you'll learn how rainforests keep you alive wherever you live on Earth by:
- keeping you fed, clothed and healthy
- producing weather that keeps you cool and watered
- inspiring human technology that you use every day, including a wide range of materials and architecture.
High above the ground, visit the Nest platform and take in the stunning range of life in the rainforest. Explore how plants eat, drink, reproduce and protect themselves from danger without moving. In 'nature's design studio' see how forms are produced that fit their function, from protective prickles to pollination mechanisms and from guttered leaves to garish flowers.
- Look up: see nature’s ‘fit for function’ designs portrayed in our beautiful Biodiversity Chandelier.
- Look around: see these ‘fit for function’ designs in all the plants that make up the lush environment of our rainforest.
A spectacular focal point of our Rainforest Canopy Walkway, the chandelier is a collection of individual shapes that interlink to form clusters that explore the theme of biodiversity. Find out more.
10 trees to spot from the Walkway
- Papaya (Carica papaya): its versatile fruit is used for food, medicines and cosmetics.
- Cassava (Manihot esculenta): the third largest carbohydrate supplier in the tropics. The tubers are ground to make flour or eaten like potatoes.
- African quinine (Rauvolfia caffra): although not the species that treats malaria, this is a major medicinal tree in its own right. It's also used as soft timber and its roots add potency to banana beer.
- Cola (Cola nitida): this West African rainforest tree once flavoured the fizzy drink, Coca-Cola. Look for its pale yellow flowers with deep red lines running along the the petals.
- African green heart (Pipadeniastrum africanum): our walkway's hand rails are made from African green heart timber recovered from Falmouth Docks when they burnt down years ago.
- Sausage tree (Kigelia africana): named after the shape of its fruit, which is used to flavour beer.
- Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon): the original ebony used for the furniture found in the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamen.
- Red stinkwood (Prunus africana): a liquid extract of the bark is used in the fight against prostate cancer and the trunk’s hard wood is used for timber.
- Tamarind (Tamarindus indica): the edible pod-like fruit is used as the 'sour' in sweet and sour and used to make Worcester and HP sauce.
- Crepe jasmine (Tabernaemontana divaricate): inspired by a trip to Eden, beauty company Estée Lauder use crepe jasmine in their perfume Beyond Paradise to provide a floral middle note to the fragrance.
Help us to extend the Walkway
We are currently fundraising to bring you the next phase of the Walkway. When completed you will be able to:
- Travel through misty clouds high in the rainforest treetops.
- Shelter from tropical rainstorms and journey behind a crashing waterfall.
- The world’s rainforests help keep us alive. Discover ways in which we can help keep them alive in return.
The fundraising continues. Thank you to those who have already contributed to Phase 2. The journey has begun.
Supporters and team
The first phase of the Walkway has been made possible thanks to the generous support of a number of educational and scientific foundations and individuals, including the Garfield Weston Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, and donors to the Eddie George Memorial Appeal, as well as donations from Eden visitors and Eden Friends. Thank you!
The Walkway design and project team comprising Blue Forest in collaboration with Jerry Tate Architects, SKM, Buro Happold, Ward Williams Associates and EaseManage has worked hand in hand with the Eden Project team to bring the project to life.