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Things to do at Bedgebury

Adventure in a world of trees. Open all year, Bedgebury is perfect for cycling, walking, running, riding and playing in a spectacular world of trees.

The National Pinetum is home to one of the world's best conifer collections and a beautiful place to walk in all seasons. It's great for healthy outdoor activity in a beautiful setting, Bedgebury is in a class of its own. 

Bedgebury Forest offers family cycling, mountain-biking, riding, walking, running,  Go Ape and adventure play for all ages and abilities. Regular events are also offered throughout the year.

Bedgebury Winter Trail


Childrens hands feeling the texture of tree barkFollow our winter trail to see (and feel!) some of the varied and interesting barks we have here at Bedgebury – and find out a few fascinating bark facts on the way.
Pick up a trail guide from the information office and walk through the beautiful collection whilst learning about our trees and imposrtant conservation work.


Come on an adventure - find the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child!

You may find our fabulous Gruffalo sculpture who is hidden in the Pinetum! And now he has been joined by the Gruffalo's Child too!

Bedgebury Gruffalo 2014

Gruffalo’s Child sculpture - Bedgebury





Take a short walk from the vistor centre, and see if you can find them hiding in the deep dark wood.

Bedgebury Gruffalo 2014And why not download our free Gruffalo activity sheets before you go on your adventure so you can learn more about leaves and seeds as you go.

Sign up to find out more about Gruffalo fun with the Forestry Commission.


Gruffalo Orienteering

The Gruffalo Orienteering Course has arrived at Bedgebury and kids will love the excitement of using a simple map to try and find twelve Gruffalo markers around the forest and pinetum. At each post, you will find a picture and some information, which will help you to answer some simple questions on the orienteering leaflet.

GruffaloSuitable for children up to eight years old, a Gruffalo orienteering leaflet with certificate and a course map is available to buy from the information office for £1.50


You may even find the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child along the way!

Sign up to find out more about other Superworm and Gruffalo fun with the Forestry Commission.


Group orienteeringOur other orienteering routes are professionally endorsed and designed by Saxon Orienteering (affiliated to the British Orienteering Federation) to cater for all levels of expertise and experience.


Orienteering post and compass.Maps are available from the Bedgebury Visitor Information Office for each course around the forest for £2.00

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



Did you know that we have geocaching at Bedgebury? Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. The only necessities are a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone so that you can navigate to the cache, and a Membership

Bedgebury forest.To do all of the current caches in the forest including the premium ones only available to paid up members is a distance of about 16 to 18 miles depending on what route you pick. 


All are accessible on a mountain bike, by horse or walking. Where access by strollers is not possible it is clearly marked.  Wheelchair access would be difficult because of the terrain.

Audio TrailAutumn colour at entrance to Bedgebury Pinetum

Why not download our audio trail before your visit? The trail provides an introduction to the Pinetum and the tree collection. You can listen to former curator of the Pinetum, Chris Reynolds, as he shares his passion for the tree collection.

Last updated: 9th February 2016


Bedgebury Office

01580 879820