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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.6/5)

Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape. Visit the National Pinetum, one of the world's finest conifer collections, perfect for walks and picnics.

Safe, healthy outdoor fun for all ages and abilities. Open all year & great value for money, Bedgebury is the place to visit on the Kent/Sussex border. "Bedgebury is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees"

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Superworm trail!

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012If you enjoyed our Gruffalo trails, you'll love the Superworm trail, which will be launched at Bedgebury on 13 March and will be in place until October 2015.

 

At each stop, you will discover a panel containing activities and questions inspiring you to use the Superworm story and its characters to think about the woods and forests around you. Special packs with additional things to do, including a sticker sheet, activity leaflet, and a limited edition Superworm mini-book, will also be available to purchase on site.

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

Gruffalo sculpture at BedgeburyOh help! Oh no! It's the Gruffalo

Our fabulous Gruffalo sculpture is still hidden in the Pinetum - come and find him! Post your Gruffalo photos to our Facebook page or send them to we'd love to see them!

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The National Pinetum 

The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, and contains over 12,000 tree specimens growing across 320 acres including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. It provides a beautiful and tranquil setting to enjoy walks and picnics giving enormous pleasure to all those who visit it all year round. This is brought to life with Seasonal Trails which highlight particular points of interest and hidden gems amongst the collection. A network of paths throughout enables easy access for all levels of ability.

Walking

Bedgebury offers all-ability scenic walking routes through the Pinetum and the forest, including gentle strolls, self led and guided walks in the Pinetum, The forest offers miles of trails that are perfect for  health walks, orienteering and mapped trails, adventurous family walks, walking the dog, and promoting healthy living for all to enjoy.

Running

Bedgebury Forest is popular with runners of all fitness levels and with miles of off road routes for you to enjoy, you'll have plenty of choice for your run. Our surfaced tracks and way markers have opened up previously uncharted areas of the forest for runners.

Adventure Play

Do you fancy reliving the adventures of the famous explorers who brought back some of our most exotic trees and shrubs from the farthest corners of the world? Bedgebury's specially-designed play area reflects some of the challenges faced by intrepid plant-hunters through the ages.

Cycling and MTB

Are you looking for a gentle family cycle ride in a beautiful woodland setting, or maybe some high-speed mountain biking round a challenging singletrack? Bedgebury is the perfect place for all ages and abilities.

Go Ape and Tree Top Junior UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings. We're also excited to announce that the Go Ape Tree Top Junior Adventure is now open at Bedgebury! For more information and to book visit Go Ape

Horse riding

Find new dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest.

Learning

Bedgebury is the ideal place to widen your horizons. Discover our new, wider range of learning opportunities.

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Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

We came to visit on Father's Day 2015 and had an amazing time, my daughter is a wheelchair user and we were delighted with how much access she managed in her electric chair. One small thing which may provide a source of income, the souvenirs were quite limited and I felt that a small teddy with a logo t.shirt, or an embroidered foot would fly off the shelves - all kids like bears and we all know where teddy bears go for picnics ! Otherwise we had a lovely time and the staff were knowledgeable and courteous.

Janette Conelly, 29/Jun/2015

thank you for your feedback, and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. We will pass your idea on! Hope to see you again soon.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Great place to take a family especially if you take your own picnic. Loads of places for children to play using their imagination to create play situations. Dog owners are all friendly and most, but shamefully not all clean up after their dogs. Biggest problem especially at weekends and holidays are cyclists. Aggresive behaviour from the so called "Bradley Wiggins " would bes. Hardly any cyclist gives any audible warning of their approach. As so much money has been spent on cycling trails these cyclists should stick to them and leave the metalled paths to children on bikes and families with toddlers and pushchairs.

Anonymous, 9/Jun/2015

thank you for your feedback, and we're glad that you enjoy Bedgebury. We are keen to ensure that that all of our visitors are responsible for their own and others enjoyment and safety, and are taking steps to address any issues where we can.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

We have visited Bedgebury on numerous occasions as my husband enjoys cycling there. I found the cafe staff very friendly and the amenities top class. Well done.

E Claven, 10/May/2015
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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Arboreta
  • The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is the finest collection of conifers on one site in the world. With over 12,000 trees and shrubs from across five continents, many of them rare and endangered, it is a beautiful and tranquil place to walk, picnic and enjoy nature away from the stresses of everyday life. Each season offers different experiences and delights.
  • Cafe
  • Bedgebury Cafe. Open from 8.30 daily
  • Cycling
  • Family cycling through beautiful woodlands. 13km singletrack MTB around Bedgebury Forest
  • Cycling Hire
  • Bikes for hire from Quench Cycles 01580 879694
  • Mountain biking
  • 13km singletrack mountain-biking trail
  • Cycle wash
  • Cycle wash at Quench Cycles
  • Dogs
  • Dogs allowed off lead in the forest but must be kept under control
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads in the Pinetum and at the visitor centre and play areas.
  • Easy Access
  • The car park, visitor centre and many trails are designed to be accessible to wheelchair users
  • Educational
  • The car park, visitor centre and many trails are designed to be accessible to wheelchair users
  • Hi-Rope
  • Go Ape and Junior tree top adventure 0845 643 9215
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riders with TROT permits will find dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest. They will also benefit from a trail map, a secure and exclusive box park and a designated picnic area. For more information please call TROT on 01622 735599. (Please note that no horses are allowed in the National Pinetum).
  • Information
  • Information Office at the Visitor Centre.
    Interpretation boards all round the Pinetum and play area
  • No dogs
  • Only assistance dogs allowed in the Bedgebury Cafe
  • Orienteering
  • Bedgebury offers professionally-endorsed orienteering routes - maps available from the Visitor Centre
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Fees to end of March 2015
    9.50 admission fee per car peak times, and 5 off peak. See planning your visit for further details
  • Picnic
  • Award-winning picnic spots are available all around Bedgebury
  • Play area
  • Discover exciting and fun play equipment amongst the trees. All ability half-mile Plant Hunters' Play Trail. A chance for children to let off steam in safety.
  • Restaurant
  • Bedgebury Cafe. Open from 8.30 daily
  • Running
  • We currently offer two designated running areas for you to enjoy at Bedgebury
  • Shower
  • Shower tokens available from the Visitor Information Office
  • Walking
  • Bedgebury has a network of all-ability scenic walking routes promoting healthy living, including challenging health walks and calorie mapped trails.
  • Visitor centre
  • Bedgebury Pinetum is open all year
  • Toliets
  • Ladies, Gents and disabled toilets at the Visitor Centre
  • Wildlife
  • The Pinetum is a unique haven for wildlife including many bird species such as Hawfinch, Firecrest and Crossbills. Bedgebury also has 24 varieties of dragonfly.

Location

OS Grid ref: TQ715336
Postcode: TN17 2SJ

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Contact

Bedgebury Office

01580 879820
bedgebury@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open every day from 8am
Closing at:
5pm Feb 2nd – March 1st
6pm March 2nd – March 31st
7pm April 1st – April 30th
8pm May 1st – August 31st
7pm Sept 1st – Sept 30th
6pm Oct 1st – Nov 1st
5pm Nov 2nd – Nov 30th
4pm Dec 1st – Jan 31st (2016)
Parking
Fees to end of March 2015
9.50 admission fee per car peak times, and 5 off peak. See planning your visit for further details
Discovery Pass
Contact the Friends of Bedgebury for annual membership 01580 879842

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