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Planning your visit to Bedgebury

Use the information below to help plan your visit.

  • Families at Bedgebury visitor centre.Admission fee per vehicle applies

  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead in the Pinetum, at the visitor centre and car park,  and in the play area please

  • Bedgebury is an outdoor site - please wear suitable clothing and footwear 

  • Picnickers are welcome (Bedgebury was recently voted Best Picnic Site in the South)

  • 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.

Current admission fees

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
Horsebox (without horse)                    £17
Pedestrians without vehicles                Free
Horses (Via TROT permit)                    Not through main entrance
Helicopters & Hot Air Balloons               Not without prior arrangement      

Annual Membership

Membership through the Friends of Bedgebury including Discovery Pass benefits. Membership costs £56. Enquiries to The Friends of Bedgebury on 01580 879842 or visit their website.

Membership through Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club can include free admission, bike washes, plus discounts.

Opening times

Month Open Close 
 January  8:00am   4:00pm
 February  8:00am   5:00pm
 March  8:00am  6:00pm
 April  8:00am  7:00pm
 May  8:00am  8:00pm
 June  8:00am  8:00pm
 July  8:00am  8:00pm
 August  8:00am  8:00pm
 September  8:00am  7:00pm
 October  8:00am  6:00pm
 November  8:00am  5:00pm
 December  8:00am  4:00pm

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

Please note: Quench Cycle Hire (01580 879694) and Bedgebury Pineatery (07739 564691) have different opening hours.  Please check with them direct.

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.

National Cycle Network 18 runs through Bedgebury Forest, between Goudhurst and Cranbrook.

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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. Visit National Rail for more details.

Nearest Bus Stop

Flimwell Corner Farm (near the Flimwell crossroad). 254 (Tunbridge Wells to Hawkhurst service). Visit Travel South East for more details.

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 we may have to close the site in extreme weather, to ensure that visitors are not injured or 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.  Please be prepared for 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. 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.  We strongly advise cyclists to wear a helmet.