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.
Coming Soon - Outdoor Forest Adventures for schools and families. Opening May 2017 at Beechenhurst and Wenchford. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
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 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 StarsAnonymous, 21/Apr/2017
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.
Forestry Commission Response
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.
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