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People enjoying a walk through Bedgebury pinetum.

Walking, running, riding at Bedgebury


Bedgebury now has new all-ability scenic walking routes promoting healthy living, including challenging health walks and calorie mapped trails.

Nordic Walking

Qualified instructor Louise Bastable is now offering Nordic Walking sessions at Bedgebury.

Nordic walking was first developed in the 1930s to keep cross country skiers fit in the Summer months.  It has been developed into a highly effective and enjoyable activity which is suitable for all fitness levels, and burns up to 40% more calories than normal walking.  Come and try it for yourself at a free 1 hour taster session - enjoy the outdoors, get fit, have fun and socialise.

To book your session or find out more visit or call Louise on 07565 232248


Bedgebury Forest is already popular with runners of all fitness levels. Our newly surfaced tracks and way markers have now opened up previously uncharted areas of the forest for runners.  We also host an annual 10km charity run.


Horse riders with TROT permits will find new dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest.  They will also benefit from a trail map, a secure and exclusive box park and a designated picnic area.  

Please note - Deboxing in the forest is only permitted for TROT members in the designated Box Park.

For more information please call TROT on 01622 735599 or check out their website.  (Please note that no horses are allowed in the National Pinetum).

Bedgebury Park Equestrian Centre

If you don’t have your own horse, Bedgebury Park Equestrian Centre is adjacent to the forest.  They offer escorted hacks through the forest on well-schooled horses and ponies. Tel 01580 211 602.


Our professionally-endorsed orienteering routes, designed by Saxon Orienteering (affiliated to the British Orienteering Federation) cater for all levels of expertise and experience. 

The four courses range across Yellow (beginners), White (easy), Orange (intermediate) and Light Green (advanced) and vary from 1.6km to 2.7km.

Maps are available from the Bedgebury Visitor Information Office for 50p.


For wheelchair users, our new surfaces and gentler gradients allow better access to new parts of the Pinetum and forest.  Some manual wheelchair users may need assistance.  Please contact our visitor services team for more information - 01580 879820


Learning to orienteer at an open day in Bedgebury. Kent

Horse riders on a forest trail.


Family enjoying a stroll through Bedgebury pinetum.

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