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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 (see below)
  • Bedgebury is an outdoor site - please wear suitable clothing and footwear 
  • Picnickers are welcome
  • 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
  • PLEASE help us to control the spread of tree diseases by cleaning your boots and bikes after visiting a forest.

Bedgebury Cafe Open!

Bedgebury Cafe refurbishmentThe new Bedgebury Cafe opened for business on 17 March 2015 and new tenants John and Sally Hall, along with their daughter Susie and son-in law Kyall are looking forward to welcoming you.
 

Bedgebury Cafe refurbishmentAfter a walk around the beautiful pinetum, you can now relax with a morning coffee and newspaper and enjoy the lovely views and surroundings of the new cafe.

 

Or after an energetic bike ride why not treat yourself to a Woodmans or Lumberjacks breakfast (served up until 12pm) or try out the Pinetum Paninis and potatoes and Bedgebury Baguettes. A full lunch menu will also be served as well as a Little Squirrels menu for our smaller visitors. And of course, freshly baked cakes and pastries, tea and coffee!

Bedgebury Cafe refurbishment

 

Call 01580 879397 or email bedgeburycafe@outlook.com  for more details.

Walking your dog

Dog on lead close-upWalking 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 - Dogs must be kept 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
  • Remove dog poo - please bag it and bin it, or take it home
  • Respect other visitors - everyone should be able to enjoy Bedgebury so we ask all visitors to respect other people in the forest
  • Only assistance dogs are permitted in the Cafe and visitor centre
  • Enjoy Bedgebury and have fun!

Opening times

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.

Closing times:
5pm - Feb 2nd to March 1st
6pm - March 2nd to March 31st
7pm - April 1st to April 30th
8pm - May 1st to August 31st
7pm - Sept 1st to Sept 30th
6pm - Oct 1st to Nov 1st
5pm - Nov 2nd to Nov 30th
4pm - Dec 1st to Jan 31st (2016)

Bedgebury pay stationPlease note: Quench Cycle Hire (01580 879694) and The Bedgebury Cafe have different opening hours.  Please check with them direct.

 

 

Current admission fees to March 2016

VEHICLE CATEGORY                             FEE

Car                                                £10.00
Motorbikes (inc Quadbikes)                 Free
Blue Badge Holders                            £10.00 (per car)
Car with trailer                                  £20.00 (equates to two cars)
Transit Van/Camper Van                     £10.00
Motorhome                                       £10.00
Minibus                                            £30
Minibus with trailer                             £30      Coach                                             £50
Lorries                                             No access
Pedestrians without vehicles                Free
Horses (Via TROT permit)                    Not through main entrance
Helicopters & Hot Air Balloons               Not without prior arrangement

  • Standard admission fees apply to blue badge holders
  • A Concessions Scheme is available - please call 01580 879820 for more information.
  • Annual Friends of Bedgebury Membership

    New FoBP logo.jpgAnnual membership is available through the Friends of Bedgebury and 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

    Membership is also available through Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club and can include free admission, bike washes, plus discounts. Money collected for vehicle admission fees by the cycle club is reinvested straight back into the maintenance and upgrades of the bike trails, and you can also get involved by volunteering with the club to help with this vital work.

    Visit their website for details. 

    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.

    click for larger PDF version of the Bedgebury forest map
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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
    • Observe signs and warnings
    • Protect and respect wildlife, plants and trees
    • Respect other people
    • Keep dogs, horses and bikes under control
    • Clear up after your dog
    • 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.

    the Bedgebury Cafe have a fantastic new menu to tempt your taste buds, and if you are planning your child's birthday or a celebration the Cafe are now taking party bookings.