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Explore Beechenhurst Lodge
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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

Stickman Inspired Activity Day

Tuesday 16th February.  Join Rachel (Rachel Shilston - Inspiring Creativity) and Sarah (A Breath of Fresh Air) at Contain-A-Cafe anytime between 10am to 3pm.  There will be lots of activities on offer, including family tree making, Stickman creating, dream catching and wacky story telling.  A small charge will be made to cover materials, or stay and play all day for just £10 per family. 

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

Exciting new cafe coming soon!

Building works are taking place at Beechenhurst from February 8th onwards.  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.)


Serving fresh coffee and homemade cakes amongst a range of tasty hot and cold food options from 10.30am - 3pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 4pm at weekends. Tel 01594 368009.  Sorry but card payments can not be taken. 

Contain-A-Cafe will be in place until refurbishment works have taken place on the lodge building.  The cafe also sell Sculpture Trail and Forest Walks 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 through the winter.

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 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?

Please let me know whether Contain a cafe is under cover? We suffered a freezing picnic at New Fancy last weekend, the two year old was a little miserable.

Anonymous, 19/Jan/2016

Yes! Contain-A-Cafe have some indoor seating and some outdoor seating but under a canopy. Hope you enjoy your visit to Beechenhurst.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi can you please tell me if the stickman train runs throughout January?

Lucy, 14/Jan/2016

Yes the Stickman Trail is now with us throughout Spring and Summer 2016

Forestry Commission Response

Could you tell me if you have a room or light space at Beechenhurst Lodge suitable for an exhibition of local artist's work during the 'Forest & Valley' Open Studios week this summer?

Jacqui Trefgarne, 8/Jan/2016

emailed direct

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Last updated: 4th February 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
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    3.50 Mar - Oct
    3.00 Nov - Feb
    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


OS Grid ref: SO614120

Get directions


West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am - 5.00pm
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
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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