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Explore Hemsted Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Off road mountain bike trail in Bedgebury forest.

Hemsted Forest is approximately three hundred and ninety eight hectares and is a mixture of conifer and broadleaf.

Forest Operations

Small scale coppicing operations will be starting week commencing 20th November 2017. The area to be worked is north of the car park, just along from the sweet chestnut that we cut in 2015-2016.

Please ensure that you follow any instructions given by the contractors and that you observe signage out up, it there to ensure your safety.


Discover Hemsted Forest

Hemsted has around five miles of hard surface road around the forest which allows for easy walking and wheelchair use. The multitude of unsurfaced tracks are perfect for any cross country runners who like a bit of mud in the winter and provide many more miles to explore for all!

Horse riding

Horse riding off bridleway in Hemsted requires a permit which can be purchased through TROT. Please see on site signage for details.

Please note Hemsted has a large car park with height restrictions

What do other visitors say?

Had hoped to find a layout of the footpaths through the forest on the web pages that I could print out and use. Some signposts would be useful to show if there are any circular walks etc. Nice to have good paths so that can visit even after wet weather without having to get too muddy.

Linda Austin, 8/Oct/2017
2 Stars 2 Stars

So much dog mess lying around. No bins anywhere to encourage owners to dispose of it. A trail map and/or some signposting would help too.

Helen, 5/Jun/2016

Thank you for your feedback. We try to encourage all of our dog walkers to be responsible owners and clear up after their dogs, and to understand that the forest should be left so that everyone can enjoy it.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Had a lovely walk today, couldn't believe the size of the ants ; Fascinating. Rhodendendrons looking lovely, looking forward to going back when it's a bit warmer ;

Jackilouise , 24/May/2016
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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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  • Horse riding
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Walking


OS Grid ref: TQ 812345
Postcode: TN17 4AN

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