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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
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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"

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Find out all about the latest Bedgebury news including play trail updates!


Removal of fungi from the Pinetum and forest is strictly forbidden. At Bedgebury, our tree team uses the presence of fungi as an indicator that a tree is under stress and may need extra attention.

Fly agaric (amanita muscaria).Also as some fungi are poisonous you should never eat them unless you are absolutely sure they are safe. In addition, others should not be picked due to their rare status in the UK.


We therefore request that you respect this by not picking fungi from the Pinetum and Forest. Thank you.

Superworm trail!

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012Hurry! You still have time to enjoy the last few weeks of the Superworm trail which will be in place until the end of October 2015.


At each stop, you will discover a panel containing activities and questions inspiring you to use the Superworm story and its characters to think about the woods and forests around you. Special packs with additional things to do, including a sticker sheet, activity leaflet, and a limited edition Superworm mini-book, will also be available to purchase on site.

Oh help! Oh no! It's the Gruffalo

Gruffalo sculpture at BedgeburyOur fabulous Gruffalo sculpture is still hidden in the Pinetum and now he has been joined by the Gruffalo's Child sculpture!


Gruffalo’s Child sculpture - Bedgebury


Come and find them both and post your Gruffalo photos on our Facebook page We'd love to see them!

Gruffalo Orienteering

The Gruffalo Orienteering Course will be arriving at Bedgebury in October! Kids will love the excitement of using a simple map to try and find twelve Gruffalo markers.

GruffaloSuitable for children up to eight years old, a Gruffalo orienteering leaflet with certificate and a course map will be available to buy from the information office for £1.50


Sign up to find out more about other Superworm and Gruffalo fun with the Forestry Commission.

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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.


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


Bedgebury Forest is popular with runners of all fitness levels and with miles of off road routes for you to enjoy, you'll have plenty of choice for your run. Our surfaced tracks and way markers have opened up previously uncharted areas of the forest for runners.

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.


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

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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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

We had a lovely day out in beautiful surroundings. An excellent lunch. The only negative we could think of was the lack of unisex baby changing facilities. I like to think that I am a modern dad and was doing my bit with our 4 month old son only to find I couldn't as the baby changing facility in the cafe was in the ladies toilet. Fortunately my wife was with me and could do the honours. Other than that a great day out!

The Norman Family, 14/Sep/2015

Glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your feed back. I will pass this on to the Recreation Manager.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Bedgebury is a must for Mountain Bikers, its nice to go to a forest or national park that isn't anti cyclists. I go to the forest whenever i get the chance. 5 Stars !!!!!

Martyn, 30/Aug/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Great place for a day out but needs a toilet area in the children's play area. I know there are signs to tell you that there are no toilets there but it is a long walk back for children (and adults) Even a few porta loos would help!

Anonymous, 19/Aug/2015
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Last updated: 10/06/2015

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • No Fishing
  • Arboreta
  • The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is one of the finest collections 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
  • Bedgebury Cafe. Open from 8.30 daily
  • 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 areas.
  • 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
  • No dogs
  • Only assistance dogs allowed in the Bedgebury Cafe
  • Orienteering
  • Bedgebury offers professionally-endorsed orienteering routes - maps available from the Visitor Centre
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Admission fee per car is 10
    See planning your visit for further details
  • Picnic
  • Beautiful picnic spots can be found all around at 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.
  • Restaurant
  • Bedgebury Cafe. Open from 8.30 daily
  • Running
  • We currently offer two designated running areas for you to enjoy at Bedgebury
  • 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


Map showing the local area
OS Grid ref: TQ715336
Postcode: TN17 2SJ

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Bedgebury Office

01580 879820

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open every day from 8am
Closing at:
5pm Feb 2nd – March 1st
6pm March 2nd – March 31st
7pm April 1st – April 30th
8pm May 1st – August 31st
7pm Sept 1st – Sept 30th
6pm Oct 1st – Nov 1st
5pm Nov 2nd – Nov 30th
4pm Dec 1st – Jan 31st (2016)
Admission fee per car is 10
See planning your visit for further details
Discovery Pass
Contact the Friends of Bedgebury for annual membership 01580 879842

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