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Explore Beechenhurst Lodge
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest, and is a great place to start your adventure. Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, shop and climbing tower. 

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012Superworm Trail

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Fantastic forest trails

Beechenhurst is the starting point for the famous Sculpture Trail, there are additional waymarked walks of varying lengths beginning from the site.

Adventure play

The main play area includes a zip wire, swings and fireman's pole and a mini picnic area. There is a separate toddler area for our younger visitors. 

The Gavellers Cafe and restaurant

The cafe provides a range of hot and cold food. To check cafe opening times and for the menu please see the Gavellers website: www.gavellerscafe.co.uk

Forest of Dean Adventure

Charcoal BBQ hearths, 'The Glade' events area (with a group gas BBQ), and a loft suitable for meetings and seminars, can all be hired from Forest of Dean Adventure  Call 01594 821003 for details.  Forestry Commission leaflets and Discovery Passes are also sold from the shop.

The Climbing Tower

Open from Easter.  The climbing tower is an exciting way to let off steam! 36 routes from easy to extreme and 2 vertical abseils. Great for children and adults, friends, families and group bookings. Check the Climbing Tower website for opening times. 

Forest Learning 

If you are interested in bringing a school or group to Beechenhurst there are options for self led visits (see www.forestry.gov.uk/england-learning for downloadable resources such as activities and lesson plans) or the chance to use a Forestry Commission approved learning provider, A breath of fresh air.

On your bike!

Beechenhurst is an ideal start point for families with their own bikes, there is easy access onto the Family Cycle Trail from the main car park. Cyclists are asked to keep to hard stone tracks and not to cycle on the forest's waymarked footpaths.

What do other visitors say?

I am 15 years old and I am looking for some part time work, I am currently studying for my GCSEs at Lakers School in the Forest Of Dean,which is where I live. Please could you let me know of any vacancies you might have at any of your Forest Of Dean locations.

Thank You

Abbie Jones, 30/Mar/2015

All job vacancies are advertised centrally on the Forestry Commission website. www.forestry.gov.uk

Forestry Commission Response

Hi have you got ice skating this year

Anonymous, 7/Dec/2014

No sorry, no ice skating this year but Christmas trees for sale!

Forestry Commission Response

Is Beechenhurst open on Boxing Day.

Anonymous, 10/Nov/2014

Yes, the car park will be open for normal opening times (unless snowy/icey!) but cafe may closed.

Forestry Commission Response
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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Educational
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Arts
  • The Sculpture Trail is a 4.5mile walk with art installations along the route
  • Barbeque
  • Please do not place disposable BBQs on the picnic tables. No fires allowed.
  • Cafe
  • Gavellers cafe
  • Cycling
  • a cycle trail link leads down to the main family cycle trail
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    3.50 Mar - Oct
    3.00 Nov - Feb
    Coaches:
    10 year round
  • Picnic
  • several picnic tables scattered along the grassy area
  • Play area
  • there is a main play area and special toddler area
  • Telephone
  • pay phone on site (mobile phone reception is poor)
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SO614120

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Contact

West England District
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0300 067 4800
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am - 7.30pm
Parking
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
Coaches:
10 year round
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25 car
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