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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, and archery has returned for the summer.

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.

 Bedgebury Pinetum

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!

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


Table Tennis

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 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.

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.

Last updated: 23rd May 2016


Bedgebury Office

01580 879820

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.