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Explore Beechenhurst
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

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

Forest web page 150x98pxStickman Trail

Explore the Stickman Trail at Beechenhurst.  The trail is approximately 1 mile in length with suggested activities along the way.  The trail route is on loose stoned tracks with some slopes to navigate. An activity pack is available from Contain-A-Cafe.  Find out more at www.forestry.gov.uk/stickman

Exciting new cafe coming soon!

Building works are currently taking place at Beechenhurst.  The lodge building is being improved to house a new cafe, due to be opened summer 2016.  There will be some disruption to the site during the build phase but Beechenhurst will remain open as usual (trails, toilets, picnic facilities, on site activities etc.)

Sculpture Trail - New artworks for 2016

Two new permanent pieces of artwork will be opened summer 2016 and will mark the 30th anniversary of the Sculpture Trail.

A new temporary artwork by Andrea Roe opened in April.  'Sentient Forest' is an interactive luminescent artwork inspired by a hidden forest communication network.

In March, a temporary sculpture 'Charcoal Measure'  by Onya McCausland was revealed.  Charcoal lines mark the hidden underground coal excavations 1000ft below the surface.  The charcoal was made from Place (Giant's Chair) which was decommissioned in 2015.  

Contain-A-Cafe

Serving fresh coffee and homemade cakes amongst a range of tasty hot and cold food options from 10am - 4pm daily. Tel 01594 368009.  Sorry but card payments can not be taken. 

Contain-A-Cafe will be in place until refurbishment works have been completed on the lodge building.  The cafe also sell Sculpture Trail leaflets, Stickman packs and Discovery Passes.

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.  

Tree Top Junior 

This junior version of Go Ape is aimed at 6-12 year olds. The course can be found at the edge of the main car park and is open every weekend and during the school holidays.

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.  For visitors bringing their own bikes to the forest, Beechenhurst is an ideal start point for the Family Cycle Trail

The Climbing Tower

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 Forest of Dean Adventure website for opening times.  Archery sessions can also be booked.

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 or Rachel Shilston

 

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Hi,

I visited Beechenhurst Lodge today with family and was very impressed. However, I wonder if you could answer a question - my Dad lost his jumper ( a marron/red v-necked one) somewhere along the Sculpture Trail route, or possibly the mens toilets. I can't find a phone number to see if anyone handed it in? If so I could go back to re-claim it. Can you help please? Thanks in advance, Belinda

Belinda , 29/May/2016

sorry, we haven't had this handed in.

Forestry Commission Response

Are disposable bbq still allowed to the site

abi, 26/May/2016

Yes disposable BBQs are allowed. Please place on rocks provided not on picnic benches or grass and please take it away at the end of your visit. Thank you, enjoy your visit.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Today I visited your beechenhurst lodge site with friends and family. We had a great time. However, we stopped for lunch and a young collie was round our table for a while, we assumed it belonged to the couple at the other table. However once they left it was obvious that was not so.

There was another family some distance away and no-one else around. At this point after about 20 mins we were becoming increasingly concerned. There was no collar or identification, which may I add is illegal.

One of our group rang to try and trace a dog warden and two of us had a walk around to try and track the owner.

We eventually found out she belonged to the person running the climbing wall, who was very rude to me. He stated in a rather abrupt manner that she couldn't get out as their was a cattle grid.

Aside from collies being able to jump grids and fences I have several concerns. Firstly had my dogs been with me that day all hell would have broken loose as they are dog aggressive and always kept on leads, secondly she was running all over the place and there are plenty of signs asking the public to clean after their dogs but he wouldn't have had a clue, thirdly she was running up to groups of children playing ball. Whilst she seemed friendly enough the children may have had fears or allergies etc.

After working in kennels a significant amount of time myself this is a very lazy and selfish act of ownership. The general consensus was my dog is fine so I don't care if she's causing problems for you. Yes she is a lovely dog but it's a very selfish and irresponsible thing to not keep her close and from approaching other dogs, which she was doing and messing everywhere.

Also to be so rude and abrupt when we were simply concerned and checking she wasn't abandoned, lost, escaped from nearby. We were more concerned for the well fair of that animal and I couldn't knowingly leave without making sure she was ok.

Great way to lead by example forestry commission.

Anonymous, 15/May/2016

Thank you very much for your feedback, which we also received by email so are replying to that. We have taken this matter seriously and our Recreation Manager has spoken with the third party provider about it.

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Last updated: 20th June 2016

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Dog bin
  • 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.
  • Cycling
  • a cycle trail link leads down to the main family cycle trail
  • Hi-Rope
  • Tree Top Junior
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    3.50 Mar - Oct
    3.00 Nov - Feb
    Coaches:
    10 year round
    Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
  • Picnic
  • several picnic tables scattered along the grassy area
  • Play area
  • there is a main play area and special toddler area
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:
Open by 8am daily. Closing times:
Nov- Feb 5.00pm
March 6.30pm
April 8pm
May - Aug 9pm
Sept 7.30pm
Oct 6.30pm
Parking
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
Coaches:
10 year round
Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
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