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Explore Beechenhurst
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)



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

Gruffalo Spotters at Beechenhurst Lodge

GruffaloFollow 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. 

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Coming Soon - Outdoor Forest Adventures for schools and families.  Opening May 2017 at Beechenhurst and Wenchford.

Beechenhurst cafe

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   The cafe have free wi-fi and sell walking trail leaflets and Discovery Passes.

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.  

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.

Forest Learning 

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 Wildforesters or 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 Stars 4 Stars

Its really hard to find your way around properly - the route markers need to be clearer. Please do this Forrestry Commission as its a common complaint from people, but simple to resolve.

Anonymous, 21/Apr/2017

Thank you for your feedback, we have recently renewed our route markers at Beechenhurst, walks leaflets can also be purchased from the café and from the rangers hatch.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

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

Yvonne, 19/Feb/2017

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.

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4 Stars 4 Stars


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Last updated: 11th April 2017

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Dog bin
  • Educational
  • 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.
  • Cycling
  • a cycle trail link leads down to the main family cycle trail
  • Hi-Rope
  • Tree Top Junior
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    £3.50 Mar - Oct
    £3.00 Nov - Feb
    £10 year round
    Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
  • 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


OS Grid ref: SO614120

Get directions


West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open by 8am daily. Closing times:
Nov- Feb 5.00pm
March 6.30pm
April 8pm
May - Aug 9pm
Sept 7.30pm
Oct 6.30pm
Cars and minibuses:
£3.50 Mar - Oct
£3.00 Nov - Feb
£10 year round
Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
Discovery Pass
£25 car

Family activities

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