Open all year, Bedgebury, home to one of the world's finest conifer collections and a centre for International conifer conservation, is the perfect place for walking and enjoying life in a spectacular world of trees. The forest also offers miles of trails for cycling, running, riding and playing. Healthy outdoor fun for all ages and abilities!
The National Pinetum is home to one of the world's best conifer collections and provides a beautiful place to walk in all seasons. It's also great for healthy outdoor activity in a beautiful setting.
Regular events and activity trails are also offered throughout the year.
Follow our Seasonal Trail
Follow our regular seasonal trail around the Pinetum. The trails change with each new season and each one focuses on a new subject that brings alive the important conservation work that we carry out right in the heart of our outstanding conifer collection.
Image David Jenner Photography ©2015
The trails are suitable for all ages, interests and abilities and a free supporting trail guide can be collected from the information office before setting of on your walk through the beautiful collection.
Find out more about our latest trail on the National Pinetum pages here
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!
Take a short walk from the vistor centre, and see if you can find them hiding in the deep dark wood.
And 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.
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.
Suitable 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 Gruffalo fun with the Forestry Commission.
Our 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.
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
We now have table tennis at Bedgebury. Bring in your own bat and balls, or use ours, and challenge your friends to a game or two on outdoor table tennis situated in the play area. Use of the table tennis table is FREE.
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 Geocaching.com Membership
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.
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.
Get rewarded for exercising with Bounts
Sometimes you need that extra motivation to pull on your trainers and get some exercise in the forest. Thats why we’ve teamed up with Bounts to offer you restaurant, cinema and high street vouchers every time you visit the forest for more than 30 minutes. Bounts is a free fitness app that gives you real rewards for being active… it’s air miles for exercise! Find out more about Bounts.