Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest, and is a great place to start your adventure. Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, climbing tower and Tree Top Junior...
Fantastic forest trails
Beechenhurst is the starting point for the famous Sculpture Trail, there are additional waymarked walks of varying lengths beginning from the site. For visitors bringing their own bikes to the forest, Beechenhurst is an ideal start point for the Family Cycle Trail.
Follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. Our trail is open from 23rd Feb. More details about our trail
Beechenhurst cafe serves food from 8.30am everyday. The menu encompasses locally sourced food with a variety of specials and childrens meals available. Parties/meetings can be catered for, please contact the cafe on 01594 824662 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org The cafe have free wi-fi and sell walking trail leaflets and Discovery Passes.
The main play area includes a zip wire, swings and fireman's pole and a mini picnic area. There is a separate toddler area for our younger visitors. Please note that at this time of the year there may be delays on the play area opening due to allowing time for defrosting of the safety surface.
Tree Top Junior
This junior version of Go Ape is aimed at 6-12 year olds. The course can be found at the edge of the main car park and is open every weekend and during the school holidays.
The Climbing Tower
The climbing tower is an exciting way to let off steam! 36 routes from easy to extreme and 2 vertical abseils. Great for children and adults, friends, families and group bookings. Check the Forest of Dean Adventure website for opening times. Archery sessions can also be booked.
If you are interested in bringing a school or group to Beechenhurst there are options for self led visits (downloadable resources are available such as activities and lesson plans) or the chance to use a Forestry Commission approved learning provider Rachel Shilston.
Families may wish to download our fun activity sheets for children to help get the most out of your visit.
What do other visitors say?
4 StarsYvonne, 19/Feb/2017
What a beautiful setting. Our intention was to take the Beechenhurst 8 Mile walk. But the way markers either stop or are impossible to find. We ended up following a route of our own, but only 9km. It wasn't obvious in the cafe where maps were located for purchase. We will re visit but will try and organise route maps in advance
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your feedback, glad you enjoyed your visit even without a map! They are usually found on the counter in the café, hope to see you on site again soon.
4 StarsAnonymous, 2/Feb/2017
5 StarsEd, 20/Jan/2017
Visited the sculpture trail for the first time, brilliant! However, what causes the yellow colour in one of the ditches? We were going up hill to The Echo and the stream next to the road was heavily stained yellow even though the water was clear. Thanks
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you! Great to hear you enjoyed your first visit. The coloured staining in this area is due to Iron Ore which appears naturally in the ground and can be found in other areas in the Forest of Dean.