Grade of Trail:
Length of trail:13 kilometres
Trail is currently open
Mountain Bike Trail Development Project
In 2013 Bedgebury secured almost £60,000 of funding for a trail development project. This came from a number of sources including the Forestry Commission and Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club. It allowed us the opportunity to plan and deliver a fun, challenging and sustainable development project for the Red Route MTB.
This project gave Bedgebury the opportunity to not only repair some of the trail sections, but to develop them and make them more challenging and sustainable – just like ‘Gloomy Wood’ and ‘The Cake Run’.
It is worth noting that now that the project has almost been completed, the Forestry Commission, with help from the Bike Club, have spent nearly £100,000 on the Mountain Bike Trail in the last two years. This is a significant amount of money and we would encourage all visitors to help maintain and develop our facilities by paying for their parking and ideally joining the Friends or Bike Club.
Trail maintenance is always ongoing, so if you would like to get more involved and help on trail building days, please contact the BFCC – Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club – www.boarsonbikes.co.uk where you can find out more and support the valuable work that they do on the MTB.
When we have to carry out maintenance on the mountain bike trail which is vital to help us deliver a safe and high quality standard of trail for you to enjoy at Bedgebury please follow any safety and diversion signs while work is taking place. They are there for your safety.
MTB Trail update
We are currently working on a number of trail sections to make ongoing repairs before the wet weather arrives. The first section of "Starvegoose" is closed while we are finish a new section called "Thirsty Turkey". All works are being carried out with the support of the Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club. Please follow all diversions and safety signage, and do not ride trail sections that are closed, as this will only delay completion of the upgrades.
Here's a first-hand view from a member of Bedgebury Forest Cycle club;
"Bedgebury Forest’s MTB single track is designed for Mountain Bikers who enjoy all the challenges that this sport offers. But don’t be deceived by the beautiful and tranquil surrounding of this high quality Forestry Commission site, for the trails and cycling facilities are more than just a challenge for most riders – beginners or experts!
Over 13kms of dedicated single track trails wind their way through the forest in one continuous loop, which can be cut short to meet everyone’s needs. Each section offers a wonderful riding experience from fast sweeping gradual descents that twist their way through the trees, to the sheer grunt and pain required to climb up ‘Cardiac Hill’ – tears to laughter and laughter to tears, as you cycle around this beautiful course.
Generally graded as a ‘Red’ trail, the local cycling club (Bedgebury Forest Cycling Club) and the Forestry Commission are busy developing the site, with various ‘Freeride’ play areas and some serious ‘Black’ run options that will make riders break into a sweat - but will be a Thrillseekers delight. When riding this single track you will start with a smile and end with the new ‘cake run’ downhill section that is sure to leave you satisfied. Happy riding!"
What do other visitors say?
4 StarsSimon, 18/Apr/2016
First visit yesterday (17 April). I cycled the red route twice; and the blue route once as a recce for a possible future family visit. I was hugely impressed, especially by the thought and effort that has clearly been put into the red route in particular, which I enjoyed hugely (aided by glorious weather). Although the place was clearly busy (long queue in the cafe at lunchtime; and car park looked full), actually once out on the trail, I spent most of my time in peaceful solitude, which all added to my enjoyment. My usual MTB routes are on the South Downs and they don't offer the degree of technical variety and challenge within such a compact area as at Bedgebury. All in all, a great facility, which I look forward to visiting again. Thanks to all those involved in the construction and maintenance of the trails.
5 Starsfinchelata, 18/Apr/2016
Great fun, fast trails with some jumps/drops if you want them. I've not been mountain biking much but have just come back from a holiday in the Lakes during which I went to Whinlatter. Although not as epic as Whinlatter I was genuinely impressed by what Kent had to offer. Agree with the above that the parking seems reasonable - the trails are worth the "entrance" fee - especially when you compare it to the price of doing pretty much anything else that requires this amount of maintenance/space.
4 StarsJo Burge, 14/Apr/2016
The trails are wonderful, and I am grateful for all the work done here, but regardless of whether the Forestry Commission think that 10 is good value for parking, I am here to tell you that for the majority of us, who do not have piles of money, it is not. When this started out I think it was 5, which was still a bit steep, but just about do-able. Many other venues with similar facilities are available at 5 and under, so I am afraid the greed that has taken over here may well drive many away - I hope that is not the idea?
Forestry Commission Response
thanks for taking the time to make your post. We believe that our admission fee offers great value for money, and all income from this is reinvested back into Bedgebury. Without this we would not be able to provide the same fantastic facilities, so we really couldn't do it without your support! As a regular visitor you might like to think about joining the bike club (BFCC)or becoming a Friend of Bedgebury as this offers even better value for money!