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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape. Visit the National Pinetum, one of the world's finest conifer collections, perfect for walks and picnics.

Safe, healthy outdoor fun for all ages and abilities. Open all year & great value for money, Bedgebury is the place to visit on the Kent/Sussex border.

"Bedgebury is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees"

Come on an adventure on the Gruffalo's Child Trail!

If you enjoyed the Gruffalo trail, you'll love our Gruffalo's Child trail, which was launched at Bedgebury on 3rd October and will be in place until February 2015. Sign up to find out more about Gruffalo fun with the Forestry Commission.

Gruffalo’s Child Trails

Gruffalo sculpture at Bedgebury

 

 

 

And now that our fabulous Gruffalo sculpture is hidden in the Pinetum, you can follow our Gruffalo's Child trail from the vistor centre, and see if you can find him hiding in the deep dark wood.

Forest Live 2015

Both acts for Bedgebury's Forest Live 2015 concerts have now been confirmed.

Bedgebury Concerts - Paloma Faith 2013Tom Odell – Forest Live 2015On friday 19 June Tom Odell will grace the stage, and on saturday 20 June we welcome the return of Paloma Faith.

Follow the link to Bedgebury Concerts to find out more.

Latest news

Visitor Centre access road closure - essential maintenance work is being carried out to the bridge on the access road to the Bedgebury Visitor Centre and this will mean that the main car park will be closed from Tuesday 27 January. It is anticipated that repairs will take two weeks. During this time we ask visitors to park in the walled garden monday to friday where free admission will be granted. However, the access road will be functioning with the main car park open for the weekend of the 31st January and 1st February when standard admission will apply. Thank you for your cooperation.

Find out more about our Off Peak admission fees, and the Bedgebury Forest Runners, a new running club for 2015.

There is likely to be a lot of disruption around the visitor centre as building work to improve the cafe facilities continues over the coming weeks 

Whilst the information office remains open in the same place, the cafe has now moved to its new temporary home, at the entrance to the Pinetum. We also have temporary toilets in place in the car park, as access to the old toilets and showers is no longer allowed while building work takes place. Please follow all safety and diversion signs.

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The National Pinetum 

The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, and contains over 12,000 tree specimens growing across 320 acres including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. It provides a beautiful and tranquil setting to enjoy walks and picnics giving enormous pleasure to all those who visit it all year round. This is brought to life with Seasonal Trails which highlight particular points of interest and hidden gems amongst the collection. A network of paths throughout enables easy access for all levels of ability.

Walking and running

Bedgebury offers all-ability scenic walking  routes through the Pinetum and the forest, including gentle strolls, guided walks, health walks, orienteering  and mapped trails. The forest offers miles of trails that are perfect for running and walking the dog, promoting healthy living for all to enjoy.

Adventure Play

Do you fancy reliving the adventures of the famous explorers who brought back some of our most exotic trees and shrubs from the farthest corners of the world? Bedgebury's specially-designed play area reflects some of the challenges faced by intrepid plant-hunters through the ages.

Cycling and MTB

Are you looking for a gentle family cycle ride in a beautiful woodland setting, or maybe some high-speed mountain biking round a challenging singletrack? Bedgebury is the perfect place for all ages and abilities.

Go Ape and Tree Top Junior UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings. We're also excited to announce that the Go Ape Tree Top Junior Adventure is now open at Bedgebury! For more information and to book visit Go Ape

Horse riding

Find new dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest.

Learning

Bedgebury is the ideal place to widen your horizons. Discover our new, wider range of learning opportunities.

***  Check out the Bedgebury video  ***

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

This is a great place for the kids. The woods are beautiful and the Grufalo trail is great fun. We will definitely go back again. The same cannot be said for the cafe. It is expensive and the staff are grumpy and unhelpful. Today they closed the cafe at 2:30 when it was advertised to be open until 4. I hope when the new cafe opens it will be run by someone else.

Anonymous, 1/Jan/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

I went mountain biking in the forest yesterday and had a big fall at route 106. Thankfully we managed to phone the emergency number and were picked up by ambulance. Big Thankyou to all the staff in getting me out with a broken collar bone a numerous ribs. Amazing place though will be back once fixed up!!

Simon , 30/Dec/2014

thanks for your comments and we look forward to seeing you again once you're recovered

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Went out on the mountainbike last weekend - great place to ride and track is well maintained. There are some challenging parts within the track but this is what you can expect on a red route - the alternative is the blue 'family route'.

Frank, 15/Sep/2014
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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Arboreta
  • The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is the finest collection of conifers on one site in the world. With over 12,000 trees and shrubs from across five continents, many of them rare and endangered, it is a beautiful and tranquil place to walk, picnic and enjoy nature away from the stresses of everyday life. Each season offers different experiences and delights.
  • Cafe
  • Pineatery Cafe
    07724 705749
  • Cycling
  • Family cycling through beautiful woodlands. 13km singletrack MTB around Bedgebury Forest
  • Cycling Hire
  • Bikes for hire from Quench Cycles 01580 879694
  • Mountain biking
  • 13km singletrack mountain-biking trail
  • Cycle wash
  • Cycle wash at Quench Cycles
  • Dogs
  • Dogs allowed off lead in the forest but must be kept under control
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads in the Pinetum and at the visitor centre and play area.
  • Easy Access
  • The car park, visitor centre and many trails are designed to be accessible to wheelchair users
  • Educational
  • The car park, visitor centre and many trails are designed to be accessible to wheelchair users
  • Hi-Rope
  • Go Ape and Junior tree top adventure 0845 643 9215
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riders with TROT permits will find dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest. They will also benefit from a trail map, a secure and exclusive box park and a designated picnic area. For more information please call TROT on 01622 735599. (Please note that no horses are allowed in the National Pinetum).
  • Information
  • Information Office at the Visitor Centre.
    Interpretation boards all round the Pinetum and play area
  • Orienteering
  • Bedgebury offers professionally-endorsed orienteering routes - maps available from the Visitor Centre
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 9.50 admission fee per car peak times, and 5 off peak. See planning your visit for further details
  • Picnic
  • Award-winning picnic spots are available all round Bedgebury
  • Play area
  • Discover exciting and fun play equipment amongst the trees. All ability half-mile Plant Hunters' Play Trail. A chance for children to let off steam in safety.
  • Shower
  • Shower tokens available from the Visitor Information Office
  • Walking
  • Bedgebury has a network of all-ability scenic walking routes promoting healthy living, including challenging health walks and calorie mapped trails.
  • Visitor centre
  • Bedgebury Pinetum is open all year
  • Toliets
  • Ladies, Gents and disabled toilets at the Visitor Centre
  • Wildlife
  • The Pinetum is a unique haven for wildlife including many bird species such as Hawfinch, Firecrest and Crossbills. Bedgebury also has 24 varieties of dragonfly.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: TQ715336
Postcode: TN17 2SJ

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Contact

Bedgebury Office

01580 879820
bedgebury@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
January
8am - 4pm
February
8am - 5pm
March
8am - 6pm
April
8am - 7pm
May
8am - 8pm
June
8am - 8pm
July
8am - 8pm
August
8am - 8pm
September
8am - 7pm
October
8am - 6pm
November
8am - 5pm
December
8am - 4pm
Parking
9.50 admission fee per car peak times, and 5 off peak. See planning your visit for further details
Discovery Pass
Contact the Friends of Bedgebury for annual membership 01580 879842

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