Visit the National Pinetum, one of the world's finest conifer collections, a centre for International conifer conservation, and a beautiful place for walks and picnics. Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape.
Open all year & great value for money, Bedgebury is the place to visit on the Kent and Sussex border. "Bedgebury is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees".
Find out all about the latest Bedgebury news including important site and trail updates, and anything else that may affect your visit.
We are planning a great programme of events for 2017, offering something for everyone. Visit our Bedgebury Events and Forest Live Concerts pages and as details are confirmed, click on each individual event to find out more, or scroll through the calendar to find out what's on when you plan to visit.
Learning tutors wanted - click here for more information
From 24th February, 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. More details for Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
Our Gruffalo sculpture is hidden in the Pinetum and has been joined by the Gruffalo's Child sculpture! Come and find them both and post your photos on our Facebook page!
Many of our visitors tell us that they come to the Pinetum to enjoy the peace and quiet, and simply, because they enjoy being here. So, for our current seasonal trail, we have chosen some well-known poems to give a focus on some of the trees and views in the collection.
Enjoy running in the beautiful surroundings of Bedgebury. Find out more about Bedgebury parkrun on our running pages.
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The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, and is a centre for International conservation. It contains over 12,000 tree specimens growing across 320 acres including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. It also provides a beautiful setting to enjoy peaceful 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
Bedgebury offers all-ability scenic walking routes through the Pinetum and the forest, including gentle strolls, and self led and guided walks in the Pinetum. The forest offers miles of trails that are perfect for health walks, and orienteering, adventurous family walks, and walking the dog.
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. The trails provide a chance to escape stuffy gyms and get out into the fresh air, offering the opportunity to get fit where you can be inspired by stunning natural surroundings. Our surfaced tracks and way markers have opened up previously uncharted areas of the forest for runners, and we also have regular weekly running groups.
Relive 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. Go on an adventure around the trail and see how many of the play structures you can find!
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 cycling for all ages and abilities.
Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings and a variety of obtacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape's Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape
Find new dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest.
Bedgebury is the ideal place for children to widen their horizons. Discover our new, wider range of learning opportunities.
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What do other visitors say?
4 StarsChris , 5/Mar/2017
Only thing that I find is parking is a bit steep as only there for two hours and cost 12 pound witch is why I tend to only come to bedgbury once a month as use to come once a week but paying 48 pound to ride for 6 hours lol
Forestry Commission Response
Thanks for your feedback, it's great to hear that you like visiting regularly. Have you thought about membership of the Friends of Bedgebury or Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club? They both represent great value for regular visitors and proceeds from fees are invested back in to the site too. Find out more at https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-8ygfwc
4 StarsAnonymous, 1/Mar/2017
Beautiful pinetum and park; there's so much to do, it's easy to lose track of time and for the whole family to spend hours there. We agree with others' comments, Bedgebury needs toilet facilities near Go Ape and the main pirate ship play area. We are surprised that one wasn't built years ago - and still hasn't been by 2017!
5 StarsAnonymous, 22/Feb/2017
First visit the other week. A beautiful and amazing place, children loved it . And us adults loved it . We will be back again and again .