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Explore Beechenhurst Lodge
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.6/5)

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest, and is a great place to start your adventure. Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, shop, climbing tower and Tree Top Junior.. 

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012Superworm Trail

From the creators of The Gruffalo and Gruffalo's Child, Superworm tells the story of how a superworm and his mini-beast friends defeat the villainous Wizard Lizard.  Trail open until late November 2015.  Sign up to hear more at

New for Summer 2015 - Tree Top Junior 

This junior version of Go Ape is aimed at 6-12 year olds and is now open!  The course can be found at the edge of the main car park and is open every weekend through the winter (except December 26th and 27th.)

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.

Adventure play

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. 


Serving fresh coffee and homemade cakes amongst a range of tasty hot and cold food options from 10am - 4pm. Tel 01594 368009. Sorry but card payments can not be taken.  Contain-A-Cafe will be in place until refurbishment works have taken place on the lodge building.

Forest of Dean Adventure

Charcoal BBQ hearths, 'The Glade' events area (with a group gas BBQ), and a loft suitable for meetings and seminars, can all be hired from Forest of Dean Adventure  Call 01594 821003 for details.  Forestry Commission leaflets and Discovery Passes are also sold from the shop.

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 Climbing Tower website for opening times.  Archery sessions can also be booked.

Forest Learning 

If you are interested in bringing a school or group to Beechenhurst there are options for self led visits (see for downloadable resources such as activities and lesson plans) or the chance to use a Forestry Commission approved learning provider, A breath of fresh air or Rachel Shilston

On your bike!

Beechenhurst is an ideal start point for families with their own bikes, there is easy access onto the Family Cycle Trail from the main car park. Cyclists are asked to keep to hard stone tracks and not to cycle on the forest's waymarked footpaths.

What do other visitors say?

1 Star 1 Star

Visited Saturday 19th and bought 2 jacket potatoes from the mobile unit -worst snack ever - overpriced at 4 and 4.50 - small, cold and served on a polystyrene dish with plastic cutlery and no garnish... I understand the difficulties with mobile catering but the prices should reflect this... still no excuse for substandard snack.

The site itself is great - although needs more parking machines - and I am a Forester born and bred so very disappointed - the one star is re the catering

anonymous, 22/Sep/2015

we are sorry to hear of your disappointment - we will feed this back to our staff who deal with on site catering provision.

Forestry Commission Response

"The disabled badge holder parking spaces are the closest parking spaces to the machine with an approved grade slope down the the machine, cafe and seating areas". Some are but there are at least half a dozen that are right at the end of the area just before you leave the gates and they are a good 100 yards from the nearest meter - which would explain why they are always empty!

Anonymous, 19/Aug/2015
3 Stars 3 Stars

Its all very well putting notes on the disabled spaces to remind visitors that they have to pay but then they have to walk several hundred yards to the caf to put money in the machine. If you are going to put disabled spaces where they are right by the exit of Beechenhurst surely it makes sense to put a pay machine in that area too. No wonder the disabled spaces in that location are always empty no matter how busy the site is!

Anonymous, 13/Aug/2015

The disabled badge holder parking spaces are the closest parking spaces to the machine with an approved grade slope down the the machine, cafe and seating areas.

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Last updated: 10/01/2015

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Dog bin
  • Educational
  • Shop
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Arts
  • The Sculpture Trail is a 4.5mile walk with art installations along the route
  • Barbeque
  • Please do not place disposable BBQs on the picnic tables. No fires allowed.
  • Cafe
  • Gavellers cafe
  • Cycling
  • a cycle trail link leads down to the main family cycle trail
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    3.50 Mar - Oct
    3.00 Nov - Feb
    10 year round
  • Picnic
  • several picnic tables scattered along the grassy area
  • Play area
  • there is a main play area and special toddler area
More about what's here


Map showing the local area
OS Grid ref: SO614120

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West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am - 7.30pm
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
10 year round
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