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Explore Beechenhurst
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

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... 

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.

Stargazing at Beechenhurst Lodge

Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Symonds Yat this winter. Download your beginner's guide to stargazing, then visit our family-friendly "Why stars matter" trail to bring the night sky to life and become a forest-star! The trail starts opposite the ramp access to the café.

Beechenhurst cafe

Beechenhurst cafe serves food from 8.30am everyday.  The menu encompasses locally sourced food with a variety of specials and childrens meals available.  Parties/meetings can be catered for, please contact the cafe on 01594 824662 or e-mail   The cafe have free wi-fi and sell walking trail leaflets 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.  Please note that at this time of the year there may be delays on the play area opening due to allowing time for defrosting of the safety surface.  

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. 

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 (downloadable resources are available such as activities and lesson plans) or the chance to use a Forestry Commission approved learning provider Rachel Shilston

Families may wish to download our fun activity sheets for children to help get the most out of your visit.


What do other visitors say?

Hi are dogs welcome here? Also is there any Christmas events taking place as looking for something different for my 7 and 9yr old.

Sarah Shepherd , 29/Nov/2016

Yes, we welcome well behaved dogs :-) We have a Christmas Trail you can follow with information about different trees along the way and why the species we all know and love as Christmas Trees are the best!

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

I walked The Sculpture Trail with a Canadian friend & one from Bristol & my dog today, the first time for about 15 years I have to say we were quite disappointed with the sculptures - not as many or as good as my memories The sign posting was a little confusing & we couldn't find all the sculptures mentioned in the leaflet which I bought for 1 and thought it was too expensive as was poor quality (not like the previous maps!) There was only one dog poo bin right at the end and I think there should me more if you want to encourage people to clear up after their dogs We had 3 coffees & 2 soup & rolls in the cafe which cost 16.20 which we thought was expensive

Rosemary Smith , 23/Nov/2016

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit, we are sorry to hear that you found the signage confusing. The Sculpture Trust are working on the idea of a new Sculpture for 2017. A shortened downloadable version of the Sculpture Trail map will be available soon, details will be posted on the website and Facebook page.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Please keep dogs under control had uncomfortable visit today with not 1 but 2 I'd class potentially dangerous dogs loose out of control on the stickman trail not able to relax with a 3 and 5 year old

Lee, 29/Oct/2016

We are very sorry to hear that loose dogs upset your visit to Beechenhurst. We do say that all dogs must be under control - this very hard to manage. When our rangers see people with dogs out of control they do talk to the owner concerned. Thank you for your feedback.

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Last updated: 18th January 2017

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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
    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:
Open by 8am daily. Closing times:
Nov- Feb 5.00pm
March 6.30pm
April 8pm
May - Aug 9pm
Sept 7.30pm
Oct 6.30pm
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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