People enjoying a walk through Bedgebury pinetum.

Planning your visit to Bedgebury

Use the information below to help plan your visit.

  • Families at Bedgebury visitor centre.Admission fee per vehicle applies (see below)
  • Bedgebury is an outdoor site - please wear suitable clothing and footwear 
  • Picnickers are welcome
  • No BBQs please (due to the risk of damage to Bedgebury's important tree collection)
  • The Pinetum may close in extreme weather - please call 01580 879820 or check with the local Met Office
  • A Concessions Scheme is available - please call 01580 879820
  • PLEASE help us to control the spread of tree diseases by cleaning your boots and bikes after visiting a forest.

Bedgebury Cafe Open!

Bedgebury Cafe refurbishmentThe new Bedgebury Cafe opened for business on 17 March 2015 and new tenants John and Sally Hall, along with their daughter Susie and son-in law Kyall are looking forward to welcoming you.
 

Open from 8.30 every day, they have a fantastic new menu to tempt your taste buds!

Treat yourself to a Woodmans or Lumberjacks breakfast (served up until 12pm) or try out the Pinetum Panini's and potatoes and Bedgebury Baguettes. They will also be serving a full lunch menu as well as a Little Squirrels menu for our smaller visitors. And of course, freshly baked cakes and pastries, tea and coffee!

The Bedgebury Cafe will have their own dedicated website and phone number. Details to follow soon.

Walking your dog

Dog on lead close-upWalking your dog is a great way to exercise and enjoy the outdoors and with miles of paths to explore, there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend at home next time you’re planning a family day out in the Pinetum and forest.

Dogs are welcome at Bedgebury but we just ask you to follow a few simple rules.

  • Dogs on leads - Dogs must be kept on a lead in the Pinetum, at the visitor centre, in the car park, and in the childrens play areas.
  • Off lead - Dogs can enjoy the forest trails off the lead, but please keep them under control
  • Remove dog poo - please bag it and bin it, or take it home
  • Respect other visitors - everyone should be able to enjoy Bedgebury so we ask all visitors to respect other people in the forest
  • Only assistance dogs are permitted in the Cafe and visitor centre
  • Enjoy Bedgebury and have fun!

Opening times

We are open every day (except Christmas Day) from 8am - weather permitting.  Please call 01580 879820 if in doubt.

The information office is open from 9.30 to 4pm daily.

Closing times:
5pm - Feb 2nd to March 1st
6pm - March 2nd to March 31st
7pm - April 1st to April 30th
8pm - May 1st to August 31st
7pm - Sept 1st to Sept 30th
6pm - Oct 1st to Nov 1st
5pm - Nov 2nd to Nov 30th
4pm - Dec 1st to Jan 31st (2016)

Please note: Quench Cycle Hire (01580 879694) and the Bedgebury Cafe have different opening hours.  Please check with them direct.

Current admission fees to March 2015

VEHICLE CATEGORY                             FEE

Car                                                £9.50
Motorbikes (inc Quadbikes)                 Free
Blue Badge Holders                            £9.50 (per car)
Car with trailer                                  £17.00 (equates to two cars)
Transit Van/Camper Van                     £9.50
Motorhome                                       £9.50
Minibus                                            £30
Minibus with trailer                             £30      Coach                                              £50
Lorries                                             No access
Pedestrians without vehicles                Free
Horses (Via TROT permit)                    Not through main entrance
Helicopters & Hot Air Balloons               Not without prior arrangement

Admission fees from April 2015

VEHICLE CATEGORY                             FEE

Car                                                £10.00
Motorbikes (inc Quadbikes)                 Free
Blue Badge Holders                            £10.00 (per car)
Car with trailer                                  £20.00 (equates to two cars)
Transit Van/Camper Van                     £10.00
Motorhome                                       £10.00
Minibus                                            £30
Minibus with trailer                             £30      Coach                                             £50
Lorries                                             No access
Pedestrians without vehicles                Free
Horses (Via TROT permit)                    Not through main entrance
Helicopters & Hot Air Balloons               Not without prior arrangement

  

Bedgebury pay stationOff Peak Admission fees

With effect from Monday 3 November 2014, Bedgebury has introduced off peak vehicle admission fees.

The vehicle admission fee will be £5 per day for a car, van or motor home and £10 per day for a car and trailer. Minibus and coach rates remain unchanged at £30 and £50 respectively.

The off peak fees will apply to Monday through to Friday, excluding all school holidays (including half terms) and Bank Holidays, when normal admission fees will apply.

From Wednesday, 1 April 2015, fees will revert to normal rates for each day of the Spring/Summer period.

Annual Friends of Bedgebury Membership

New FoBP logo.jpgAnnual membership is available through the Friends of Bedgebury and as a charity any funding surpluses are ploughed back into projects on site that meet their charitable objectives (as detailed on their website) all of which members will see, enjoy and appreciate.

The cost of membership  is equivalent to about 6 visits per annum, so start saving - Join the Friends of Bedgebury now!

Please enquirie via The Friends of Bedgebury on 01580 879842 or visit their website.

How to find us

Bedgebury is close to the Kent/East Sussex border, 2 miles north of Flimwell and within an hour’s travel from SE London, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Ashford, Hastings and Eastbourne.

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Google Maps

From London

Leave the M25 at junction 5 and join the A21 southbound towards Hastings. Bedgebury is signposted off the A21 on the B2079, approximately 12 miles southeast of Tunbridge Wells and 16 miles northwest of Hastings.

From the north and east

Take the A262 to Goudhurst, and then turn by the village duck pond to take the B2079 (signposted to Flimwell). Follow this road for approximately 3 miles and you will find the main entrance to Bedgebury on your left.

From Brighton (and the west)

Travel through Lewes and Uckfield to Heathfield.  Take the A265 from Heathfield to Hurst Green, turn left onto the A21, drive straight across at the Flimwell Crossroad. Bedgebury is signposted from here (a right hand turn onto the B2079) and will be found approximately half a mile along the road on the right.

From the south
Take the A21 to the Flimwell Crossroad, drive straight across and then follow the sign to turn right onto the B2079.  Bedgebury is approximately half a mile along on the right hand side.

Satellite Navigation

Post Code: TN17 2SJ (Please be cautious when using Satellite Navigation).

OS Grid Reference for Bedgebury Visitor Centre: TQ 715 332 (The co- ordinates are X = 571576 and Y = 13328). Bedgebury is covered by OS Landranger 1:50,000 map sheet no.188 and Explorer 1:25,000 map 136.

Nearest railway stations

Etchingham (on the Hastings line from Charing Cross or London Bridge) is the closest station to Bedgebury. It's about a 30 minute cycle ride up the A21 (there is a footpath along the edge of the northbound carriageway). Alternatively, Tunbridge Wells, Frant and Wadhurst (on the Hastings line) and Staplehurst and Marden (on the Ashford line) are also nearby.

Nearest Bus Stop

Flimwell Corner Farm (near the Flimwell crossroad). 254 (Tunbridge Wells to Hawkhurst service). 

 Multilingual

Ouvert tous les jours, Bedgebury présente de belles promenades parmi les conifères. Cette forêt comporte des kilomètres de pistes pour cyclisme en famille, VTT, équitation, randonnées et parcours d’aventure. Nouveau centre pour les visiteurs. 

In Bedgebury, dat elke dag geopend is, kunt u heerlijk wandelen tussen de coniferen. In het woud vindt u kilometers aan paden waarop de hele familie kan fietsen, wandelen en paardrijden. Ook kunt u klimfietsen met avontuurlijke sprongen. Nieuw informatiecentrum. 

Täglich geöffnet ist Bedgebury, das wunderschöne Spazierwege zwischen Koniferen aufweist. Der Wald bietet kilometerlange Routen für familiengerechtes Radfahren, Mountain-Biking, Reiten und Wandern sowie Abenteuerspiele.   Neues Besucherzentrum.

Forest Code

  • Guard against all risks of fire
  • Protect and respect wildlife, plants and trees
  • Keep dogs under control
  • Take your litter home
  • Make no unnecessary noise
  • Take only memories home

 Please show consideration for other visitors at all times and be alert to the presence of cyclists, horse riders, forest operations, etc on tracks around the forest.

Closure information

Our aim is to keep Bedgebury open for customers to enjoy as normal.  Occasionally however we may have to close the site in extreme weather due to the risk of injury to customers or of being trapped on site.

Severe weather advice

Bedgebury has a particular magic in snowy and wintry conditions. Taking a few sensible precautions will make your visit safer and more enjoyable.

When visiting Bedgebury during severe winter weather please:-

1. Follow guidance regarding travelling to Bedgebury www.highways.gov.uk
2. Wear suitable footwear and clothing
3. Consult the local weather forecasts to make your own decision regarding local and travelling conditions www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather
4. Follow direction provided via signage and Forestry Commission staff
5. Be aware that weather conditions may dictate that we have to shut the centre earlier than normal.  Call 01580 879820 for information.

Driving on site

We have limited resources to remove snow and ice and you should expect to be driving on slippery surfaces.

We advise: -

1. Drive according to the conditions on the entrance drive and in the car parks
2. Max speed 10mph
3. Slow acceleration, use low revs & a higher gear
4. Only brake if you cannot steer out of trouble
5. If you do not have ABS and you are skidding pump the brakes

Walking on site

We do not treat any of the surfaces around the centre or in the Forest and therefore you should expect surfaces to be slippery.

Café & Information provision

We may have to operate a reduced service if staff are unable to get to the site.

Cycling on site

Conditions are likely to be slippery and there is a risk of falling from your bike.  As always, we advise customers to ride in accordance to their skill level, the conditions and the suitability of their equipment.

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Contact

Bedgebury Office

01580 879820
bedgebury@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

What's of interest

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest
Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst, nr Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2SJ

HARVESTING
Please be vigilant around the forest, look out for signage and NEVER approach harvesting machinery.

QUENCH CYCLES
bike hire, sales, repairs, clothing and accessories. Please call 01580 879694 or visit our website

Coaches
If you are planning to visit us in a coach please contact us on 01580 879820 four weeks in advance to enable appropriate parking to be available.

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