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Explore Hemsted Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Off road mountain bike trail in Bedgebury forest.

Hemsted Forest is approximately three hundred and ninety eight hectares and is a mixture of conifer and broadleaf.

Forest Operations

Harvesting is expected to start in Hemsted Forest w/c 31st October and is expected to take approximately two months. Public access will still be permitted but visitors will need to follow and obey safety signage. 

You can find out more about how the Forestry Commission sustainably manages the forest for timber, people and wildlife at

This map shows where we will be working. The trees to be thinned are in the areas marked green.

We kindly request that you do not park in the gateways marked with a red diamond. The lorry drivers require a large turning circle to get through the gate and any vehicle marked in the bell mouth will prevent access.

Discover Hemsted Forest

Hemsted has around five miles of hard surface road around the forest which allows for easy walking and wheelchair use, and a multitude of unsurfaced tracks.

Horse riding

Horse riding in Hemsted requires a permit which can be purchased through TROT.

Please note Hemsted has a large car park with height restrictions

What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

So much dog mess lying around. No bins anywhere to encourage owners to dispose of it. A trail map and/or some signposting would help too.

Helen, 5/Jun/2016

Thank you for your feedback. We try to encourage all of our dog walkers to be responsible owners and clear up after their dogs, and to understand that the forest should be left so that everyone can enjoy it.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Had a lovely walk today, couldn't believe the size of the ants ; Fascinating. Rhodendendrons looking lovely, looking forward to going back when it's a bit warmer ;

Jackilouise , 24/May/2016

Are dogs allowed in the forest off lead?

Anonymous, 18/May/2016
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Last updated: 22nd November 2016

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What's Here?

  • Horse riding
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Walking


OS Grid ref: TQ 812345
Postcode: TN17 4AN

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East England Forest District Office

0300 067 4500

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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.