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Walking & running at Bedgebury

Walking

Bedgebury offers all-ability scenic walking routes promoting healthy living for all the family, including gentle strolls, guided walks, challenging health walks and calorie mapped trails.

Bedgebury Spring Trail

ABIES VEITCHII, VEITCH'S SILVER FIR. C/U LEAVES SPRING BEDGEBURY PINETUM KENT. WEALD FDPick up a seasonal trail map from the information office and enjoy a walk taking a closer look at the Pinetum. A third of conifer species worldwide are threatened with extinction and Bedgebury is helping to save them. The spring trail shows you some of the rarest conifers in our tree collection, the National Pinetum…and takes you around the continents too.

Runner on a forest trail.Running

Bedgebury Forest is already popular with runners of all fitness levels. Our newly surfaced tracks and way markers have now opened up previously uncharted areas of the forest for runners.  We also host varous annual charity runs throughout the year. Details of these can be found on our whats on page.

Orienteering

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 50p.

WheelchairsAll ability trail at Bedgebury

For wheelchair users, our new surfaces and gentler gradients allow better access to new parts of the Pinetum and forest.  Some manual wheelchair users may need assistance.  Please contact our visitor services team for more information - 01580 879820
 

Family Backpack Walk

Families learning to orienteer.

School children love our mapstick walks. Now families can also enjoy a fun hands-on learning walk in the Pinetum.  Simply pay £3.00 per sack, leave your keys at the information office as a deposit and be back before the office closes.  Ask for the red bag which contains a picture guide book, binoculars, a magnifying glass and a bark rubbing kit.

Come back another time to try the extra science acticvites in the green bag or the extra maths activities in the blue bag.

This project is now featured on the BGEN (Botanic Gardens Education Network) website as an example of inspiring plant-based learning.

Health WalksFamily enjoying a stroll through Bedgebury pinetum.

Come along and join our friendly group and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents whilst getting fit. No experience required and you will be encouraged to walk at your own pace. Wheelchair and pushchair friendly. No booking required, please meet at the visitor centre. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Beginners Health Walk - Last Friday of each month - 10am

This walk is designed for those people who are not used to walking and would like to start gradually. It is also for those people who would find the moderate walk difficult. Walks last approximately 30 mins to 1 hour and we will cover between 1 and 4 km (0.5 and 2.5miles).

Moderate Health Walks - Every Friday - 10am 

Less able couple making use of a Tramper to get around the forest trails.This walk is designed for those people who want to walk a little further and at a quicker pace than the Beginners walk. All walkers are still encouraged to walk at their own pace but we do venture out further into the forest. Walks last approximately 1 hour to 1 hour 30 mins and we cover between 4 and 6 km (2.5 and 3.7 miles).

For more information please call the Bedgebury Visitor centre on 01580 879820 or email bedgebury@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Please Note - For health and safety reasons any large groups wishing to join the Health Walks will need to receive approval 6 weeks prior to the date they would like to attend. We cannot guarantee to be able to provide enough walk leaders to accomodate large groups as leaders give us their time on a voluntary basis.