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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

Machine Harvesting for 2016 is now complete and we will not be due to return until later in 2017. The main rides have been reinstated and we will have some further mulching work due in the ealry part of 2017 to help keep the newly widenened rides open.

We would very much like to thank visitors for not parking in the gateway where the lorries have been accessing. This is much appreciated by our harvesting contractor and all of the drivers, it really does make a difference to us!

Happy New Year!

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 in Hemsted requires a permit which can be purchased through TROT.

Please note Hemsted has a large car park with height restrictions

What do other visitors say?

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.

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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

Are dogs allowed in the forest off lead?

Anonymous, 18/May/2016
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Last updated: 25th September 2017

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What's Here?

  • Horse riding
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Walking


OS Grid ref: TQ 812345
Postcode: TN17 4AN

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