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Running in Bedgebury forest

Whether you are a keen runner or just starting out, stunning scenery, a higher calorie burn, and increased mental well-being are just a few things to look forward to when you run in the great outdoors.

Why run at Bedgebury?

A group of runners enjoying an early morning jog along a forest road.Bedgebury Forest is popular with runners of all fitness levels and with miles of off road routes for you to enjoy, you'll have plenty of choice for your run. Our surfaced tracks and way markers have opened up previously uncharted areas of the forest for runners.

We also host various annual charity runs throughout the year, details of which can be found on our whats on page.

Our running trails

Runner on a forest trail.We currently offer the following designated running areas for you to enjoy at Bedgebury:

• A 5km 3-2-1 waymarked running trail which starts from the visitor centre.
• A 10km unmarked 'Wild Running' trail with maps available from the Visitor Centre, or to download and view here.

The trails provide a chance to escape stuffy gyms and get out into the fresh air, offering the opportunity to get fit where you can be inspired by stunning natural surroundings.

parkrun has arrived at Bedgebury!

Rat Race 2014 Bedgeburyparkruns are FREE weekly 5km timed events which take place across the country every Saturday. They are open to runners of all ages and all abilities and you can now join in the fun at Bedgebury every saturday morning from 9am!

Why not start your weekend in the great outdoors and get involved in Bedgebury parkrun!

Here's what some of the runners at Bedgebury parkrun have said,

"I asked a friend, "who is your inspiration” and her answer was “my friend Lizzie. Because she’s not fast, she doesn’t find running easy but she just keeps on going, entering all sorts of events and running at every opportunity… when I’m struggling I always think…. Well Lizzie would keep going and so should I”.  So, whenever I am feeling at all down, I look at that quote and smile."

"Looking forward to it on Saturday, it'll be my 150th different parkrun event, the courses that go though woods are my favourites"

"There were smiles all round at the finish when two young girls who had been waiting patiently ran as fast as their little legs could take them up the hill to greet their mum and helped her finish. parkrun is great for families and who knows these little girls might be running all the way with mum soon."

“Thanks for the introduction to (Bedgbeury) I have my results this is going to become addictive!!”

"Bedgebury Pinetum is definitely a good addition to the parkrun family with wide spacious paths so plenty of space; very encouraging marshals, lovely runners, great café and an amazing setting. We will definitely be back."

Want to know more?

For further information about the Bedgebury parkrun please visit:

We look forward to seeing you all every week and don't forget, as well as reducing our vehicle admission fee to £3 for all visitors who leave the car park by 10:30 on a saturday morning, the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum also offer annual membership which includes unlimited access to Bedgebury. Plus,if you plan to hang around after your run the Bedgebury Cafe are also offering 10% discount to all parkrun participants!

Be a parkrun volunteer

Before the events can take place, volunteers are needed to help set up each parkrun. So, in addition to encouraging lots of runners, parkrun are also looking for people to fulfil a number of volunteer roles and help for an hour or two on a Saturday morning. You don’t need to be a runner or have experience of parkruns, you just need to be passionate and enthusiastic about getting involved in helping with the event.

Rat Race 2014 BedgeburyThere are a variety of volunteer roles and tasks available such as marshals, time keepers and administrators. They are suitable for all types of people, and all equipment and training will be provided.

If you are interested in helping at the Bedgebury parkrun, please contact: Donna Carr

Join Bedgebury Forest Running Club

Become a Bedgebury Forest Runner. The friendly club is open to both beginners and more advanced runners and is led by qualified run leaders Sam and Julia.

Join them every wednesday morning when they meet at the Bedgebury Cafe at 9.30am.

A group of runners enjoying an early morning jog along a forest road.The first session is FREE! then pay £4 per session or £35 for 10 sessions. Buy a block of 10 sessions and get £10 off Friends of Bedgebury membership. For more details contact Sam or Julia on 07908 320057 or email

Please note that the club does not meet over the school summer holidays, but they are still contactable if you wish to enquire about joining them.

Last updated: 6th June 2016

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