Alongside the Tree Top Walk, the Valley of the Giants site includes a boardwalk through a grove of veteran tingle trees known as The Ancient Empire. This area contains the ‘Giants’ for which the forest was named. Some of the trees in the Ancient Empire are up to 16 metres in circumference at the base. The boardwalk meanders around, and sometimes through, the old trees and affords a peaceful experience, with quiet spots to sit and reflect on the special nature of the tingle forest.
As well as giving visitors a different perspective on the shapes, sounds and movement of the forest, the boardwalk is designed to protect the tingle trees from the damaging impact of large numbers of visitors. The first part of the Ancient Empire is suitable for people in wheelchairs (assisted).