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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 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". 

Latest news and updates

Find out all about the latest Bedgebury news including important site and trail updates, and anything else that may affect your visit.

2016 Events

We have a great programme of events for 2016, offering something for everyone. Visit our Bedgebury Events page and click on each individual event to find out more, or scroll through the calendar to find out what's on when you plan to visit.

Activities

Seed Collecting Expedition trail

Come along and see our beautiful photographic exhibition trail and learn more about Bedgebury’s important conservation work and seed collecting expeditions whilst enjoying the beautful Pinetum.

Stick Man Trail!

Join Stick Man on his quest to find the family tree! Follow our trail around the pinetum and complete loads of fun activities along the way! Sign up to our Stick Man and friends email to receive free activity sheets and more.

Gruffalo Orienteering

The Gruffalo Orienteering Course has arrived and kids will love using a simple map to try and find twelve Gruffalo markers around the forest and pinetum.

Oh help! Oh no! It's the Gruffalo

Our Gruffalo sculpture is hidden in the Pinetum and has been joined by the Gruffalo's Child sculpture! Come and find them both and post your photos on our Facebook page!

Parkrun comes to Bedgebury!

Enjoy running in the beautiful surroundings of Bedgebury. Find out more about Bedgebury parkrun on our running pages.

Get rewarded for exercising with Bounts

Sometimes you need that extra motivation to pull on your trainers and get some exercise in the forest. Find out more about Bounts.

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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 is a centre for International conservation. It contains over 12,000 tree specimens growing across 320 acres including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. It also provides a beautiful setting to enjoy peaceful 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

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

Running

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. The trails provide a chance to escape stuffy gyms and get out into the fresh air, offering the opportunity to get fit where you can be inspired by stunning natural surroundings. Our surfaced tracks and way markers have opened up previously uncharted areas of the forest for runners, and we also have regular weekly running groups.

Adventure Play

Relive 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. Go on an adventure around the trail and see how many of the play structures you can find!

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 cycling for all ages and abilities.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior 

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings and a variety of obtacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape's Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). 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 for children to widen their horizons. Discover our new, wider range of learning opportunities.

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What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Visited today with my 2 grandchildren and we had a fantastic day! The sun was out & lots of people, but I was amazed at how peaceful it was! Would recommend for a lovely, chilled day out and I defy any child not to enjoy themselves!

Sue , 3/Jul/2016

thanks for your lovely comments, so glad you and your grandchildren enjoyed your visit.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

had an absolutely amazing time here walking around the different trails. A great day out definiy deserves 5 stars

Terri, 12/Jun/2016

had an absolutely amazing time here walking around the different trails. A great day out definiy deserves 5 stars

Terri, 12/Jun/2016
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Please email us at bedgebury@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have an enquiry or would like a reply to your comments.

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Last updated: 29th June 2016

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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)
  • 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

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:
Open every day from 8am
Closing at:
1 Feb to 29 Feb - 5pm
1 March to 31 March - 6pm
1 April to 1 May - 7pm
2 May to 4 September - 8pm
5 September to 2 October - 7pm
3 October to 27 October - 6pm
28 October to 30 November - 5pm
1 December to 31 January 2017 - 4pm
Parking
See planning your visit for further details
Discovery Pass
Contact the Friends of Bedgebury for annual membership 01580 879842

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