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"
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.
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.
Hurry! 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
Our fabulous Gruffalo sculpture is still hidden in the Pinetum and now he has been joined by the Gruffalo's Child sculpture!
Come and find them both and post your Gruffalo photos on our Facebook page We'd love to see them!
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.
Suitable 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
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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.
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.
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.
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
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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What do other visitors say?
5 StarsThe Norman Family, 14/Sep/2015
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!
Forestry Commission Response
Glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your feed back. I will pass this on to the Recreation Manager.
5 StarsMartyn, 30/Aug/2015
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 !!!!!
4 StarsAnonymous, 19/Aug/2015
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!