Please use the information below to help plan your visit
Please use the information below to help plan your visit, and if you need additional help or information you can also call the Information Office on 01580 879820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bedgebury is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 8am
- An admission fee per vehicle applies (see below)
- Bedgebury is an outdoor site, so please wear suitable clothing and footwear
- Picnickers are welcome but we do not allow BBQs (due to the risk of damage to Bedgebury's important tree collection)
- The Pinetum and forest may close in extreme weather, and due to popularity, we occaisionally have to close our car park for short spells at weekends and in school holidays until spaces become available - please call the Infomration Office on 01580 879820 if in doubt before your visit, and check with the Met Office for the latest local forecast.
To make your visit more enjoyable, you might like to try coming to Bedgebury earlier or later in the day, or on a quieter day of the week to avoid our really busy times. You’ll find it easier to get in and you’ll also find that the Pinetum and forest are equally as charming at quieter times, with all the space and freedom to enjoy all the things you love about Bedgebury.
Bedgebury Forest Code
We want all of our visitors to enjoy their time at Bedgebury, so please show consideration and be alert to the presence of other walkers, dogs, children, cyclists, and horse riders, and and be aware of forest operations in all areas, but particularly on tracks around the forest.
We also ask you to:
- Observe all signs and warnings
- Protect and respect wildlife, plants and trees
- Clear up after your dog
Take your litter home
- Guard against all risks of fire
- Make no unnecessary noise
Take only memories home
Please respect other visitors - everyone should be able to enjoy Bedgebury so we ask all visitors to respect the other people in the forest.
The Bedgebury Cafe is open for business every day from 8.30 and John and Sally Hall, along with their daughter Susie and son-in law Kyall look forward to welcoming you.
After a morning walk, why not relax with a morning coffee and newspaper and enjoy the beautiful views across the Pinetum and inviting surroundings of the cafe. Or after an energetic run or bike ride why not treat yourself to a selection of breakfast items (served up until 12pm)
Thoughout the day, try out the Pinetum Paninis and potatoes and Bedgebury Baguettes. A full cooked lunch menu is also served as well as the Little Squirrels menu for our smaller visitors. And of course, freshly baked cakes and pastries, tea and coffee!
Bookings - The Bedgebury Cafe have a fantastic new menu to tempt your taste buds, and if you are planning your child's birthday, a celebration, or a group day out, they are now taking bookings.
Walking your dog
Walking your dog is a great way to exercise and enjoy the outdoors and with miles of paths to explore, there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend at home next time you’re planning a family day out in the Pinetum and forest.
Dogs are welcome at Bedgebury but we just ask you to follow a few simple rules.
- Dogs on leads - Please keep dogs on a lead in the Pinetum, at the visitor centre, in the car park, and in the childrens play areas
- Off lead - Dogs can enjoy the forest trails off the lead, but please keep them under control
- For your own safety and enjoyment, please do not walk dogs on the single mountain bike tracks (red route)
- Remove dog poo - please bag it and bin it, flick it, or take it home
- Only assistance dogs are permitted in the Cafe and visitor centre
- Enjoy Bedgebury and have fun!
We are open every day (except Christmas Day) from 8am - weather permitting. Please call 01580 879820 if in doubt.
The information office is open from 9.30 to 4pm daily.
2016 Closing Times
1 Feb to 29 Feb - 5pm
1 March to 31 March - 6pm
1 April to 1 May - 7pm
2 May to 4 September - 8pm
5 September to 2 October - 7pm
3 October to 27 October - 6pm
28 October to 30 November - 5pm
1 December to 31 January 2017 - 4pm
Please note: Quench Cycle Hire (01580 879694) and The Bedgebury Cafe (01580 879397) have different opening hours. Please check with them direct.
Current Vehicle Admission Fees from 1st April 2016
Car £10.00 (Monday to Friday) and £12* (weekends and Bank Holidays)
Car with trailer (equates to two cars) £20.00 (monday to Friday) and £24 (weekends and Bank Holidays)
*A reduced vehicle admission fee of £3 will also be offered to any cars entering and leaving the car park between the hours of 8am and 10.30 am every Saturday morning. Any car leaving after 10.30am will be subject to the standard £12 fee.
OTHER VEHICLE CATEGORY FEES
Blue Badge Holders £10 (mon to fri) £12* (w/end &BH)
Transit Van/Camper Van £10 (mon to fri) £12* (w/end &BH)
Motorhome £10 (mon to fri) £12* (w/end &BH)
Minibus with trailer £30 Coach £50
Motorbikes (inc Quadbikes) Free Lorries No access
Pedestrians without vehicles Free
Horses (Via TROT permit) Not through main entrance
Helicopters & Hot Air Balloons Not without prior arrangement
Want to hire a bike?
Award winning Quench Cycles runs the cycle shop at Bedgebury and thier business is bulit around a passion for everything cycling.
They can help families, groups and indiviuals explore the forest by supplying a range of mountain bikes and adapted cycles, along with sales, repairs, clothing and accessories. They also offer coaching sessions, guided rides, childrens parties and much more.
Quench Cycles are open 7 days a week all year round from 8am
Annual Friends of Bedgebury Membership
Annual membership is available through the Friends of Bedgebury.
As a charity any funding surpluses are ploughed back into projects on site that meet their charitable objectives (as detailed on their website) all of which members will see, enjoy and appreciate.
The cost of membership is equivalent to about 6 visits per annum, so start saving - Join the Friends of Bedgebury now!
Please enquirie via The Friends of Bedgebury on 01580 879842 or visit their website.
Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club
If your passion is cycling, Bedgebury also has a very active bike club called Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club who helps the Forestry Commission manage the trails and deliver a number of exciting events and activities throughout the year. They offer various levels of membership, and some include an annual vehicle admission pass. To find out more about BFCC membership, and how you can support the club, visit www.boarsonbikes.co.uk
If horse riding is for you, as well as the bridle paths, Bedgebury also has some lovely way marked trails that are provided exclusively for members of TROT to enjoy. TROT membership also includes vehicle admission, and further details can be found by calling 01622 735599 or visiting www.tollrides.org.uk
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.
Directions 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. You will find the entrance to Bedgebury on your right hand side approximately half a mile after leaving the A21.
Directions 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 hand side, after the Bedgebury Office entrance and Old Walled Garden entrance.
Directions 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 can be found on your right hand side approximately half a mile along the road.
Directions 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 can found approximately half a mile along this road on the right hand side.
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.
Closure information and bad weather
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.
We may have to operate a reduced service if staff are unable to get to the site.
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 in icy conditions
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 in icy conditions
We do not treat any of the surfaces around the centre or in the Forest. Therefore you should expect surfaces to be slippery.
Cycling on site in icy conditions
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.
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.