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 Summer Trail
Visitors can follow Bedgebury’s Seasonal Summer Trail, which this time has been linked to the Guardians of the Areng Valley Photographic photography exhibition.
Replicating the scenes captured by Luke Duggleby's stunning photographs, the team at Bedgebury have tied orange material around ten trees in the Pinetum’s conifer collection that are listed as endangered in the wild, and these trees will remain highlighted by the orange cloth for the duration of the exhibition. Along the trail visitors will be able to find out more about the Forestry Commission’s important tree conservation work at this site.
The exhibition which can be found along the Summer Trail walk links perfectly with the important conservation work carried out by Bedgebury National Pinetum, and is sympathetically displayed in a beautiful setting within the National Pinetum.
Pick up an summer trail guide and an exhibition leaflet from the information office and enjoy a walk taking a closer look at the Pinetum.
Come on an adventure and find the Gruffalo!
You may find our fabulous Gruffalo sculpture who is hidden in the Pinetum!
Take a short walk from the vistor centre, and see if you can find him 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.
Our professionally-endorsed orienteering routes, designed by Saxon Orienteering (affiliated to the British Orienteering Federation) cater for all levels of expertise and experience.
The four courses range across Yellow (beginners), White (easy), Orange (intermediate) and Light Green (advanced) and vary from 1.6km to 2.7km.
Maps are available from the Bedgebury Visitor Information Office for £2.00
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 up close to one of the most important tree collections in the world by becoming a Bedgebury Volunteer! Have you ever thought of volunteering at Bedgebury? It is a great opportunity to get fit, make friends, enjoy the open air and gain valuable work experience.