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Forest of Dean

Explore Beechenhurst Lodge
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

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

From the creators of The Gruffalo and Gruffalo's Child, Superworm tells the story of how a superworm and his mini-beast friends defeat the villainous Wizard Lizard.  Trail open until October 2015.  Sign up to hear more at

New for Summer 2015 - Tree Top Junior 

This junior version of Go Ape is aimed at 6-12 year olds and will be opening in August 2015.  Exact date to be confirmed.

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:

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.  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

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?

Further to a conversation with you this morning, please can you supply details and prices for the use of the glade area and the loft, and the hire of barbecues for approx 20 people .

If you have any pictures , that would also be great

Anonymous, 9/Jun/2015

Please phone Forest Adventure who manage the hire of these facilities at Beechenhurst on: 01594 821003 or 07584 710202

Forestry Commission Response

Just to clarify that you do not need to book or pay a fee if bringing your own BBQ to Beechenhurst?

Anonymous, 8/May/2015

No charge, just turn up. Please ensure that you place on stones provided and not on benches or grass, and please dispose of used BBQ responsibly.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi I work for a youth group and would like to come to the forest of dean to walk on some of your trails with the youths , we have to risk assess before we are allowed to consider coming do you have a risk assessment of the trail areas ? Sculpture walk etc ?

Terri , 3/May/2015

this has been passed to our rangers to email you direct

Forestry Commission Response
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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Dog bin
  • Educational
  • Shop
  • 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
    10 year round
  • 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

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West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am - 9pm
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
10 year round
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