Bedgebury offers all-ability scenic walking routes promoting healthy living for all the family, including gentle strolls, self led trails, challenging health walks and calorie mapped trails.
Whether you are looking for a peaceful stroll through the Pinetum, or a long walk in the forest with your four legged friend, pick up a map or a seasonal guide from the information office and enjoy the wonders of the Pinetum and Forest all year round.
Bedgebury National Pinetum
The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is one of the finest collections of conifers in the world and a centre for International tree conservation.
The 320 acre Pinetum contains over 12,000 trees and shrubs (including 1,800 different species) from across five continents, many of them are rare and endangered and historically important specimens. It contains some of the oldest and largest examples of conifers in Britain.
As well as playing an important scientific role in international conservation, the National Pinetum is a beautiful and tranquil place to walk, picnic and enjoy nature away from the stresses of everyday life.
Visitors can follow Bedgebury’s Seasonal Trail. Each changing season provides the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at the Pinetum while enjoying a gentle walk all through the year.
Pick up an trail guide from the information office and enjoy a walk.
Family Backpack Walk
School children love our mapstick walks. Now families can also enjoy a fun hands-on learning walk in the Pinetum. Simply pay £3.00 per sack, leave your keys at the information office as a deposit and be back before the office closes. Ask for the red bag which contains a picture guide book, binoculars, a magnifying glass and a bark rubbing kit.
Come back another time to try the extra science acticvites in the green bag or the extra maths activities in the blue bag.
This project is now featured on the BGEN (Botanic Gardens Education Network) website as an example of inspiring plant-based learning.
For wheelchair users, our new surfaces and gentler gradients allow better access to new parts of the Pinetum and forest. Some manual wheelchair users may need assistance. Please contact our visitor services team for more information - 01580 879820
Come along and join our friendly group and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents whilst getting fit. No experience required and you will be encouraged to walk at your own pace. Wheelchair and pushchair friendly.
No booking is required, please meet at the visitor centre. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.
Beginners Health Walk - Last Friday of each month - 10am
This walk is designed for those people who are not used to walking and would like to start gradually. It is also for those people who would find the moderate walk difficult. Walks last approximately 30 mins to 1 hour and we will cover between 1 and 4 km (0.5 and 2.5miles).
Moderate Health Walks - Every Friday - 10am
This walk is designed for those people who want to walk a little further and at a quicker pace than the Beginners walk. All walkers are still encouraged to walk at their own pace but we do venture out further into the forest. Walks last approximately 1 hour to 1 hour 30 mins and we cover between 4 and 6 km (2.5 and 3.7 miles).
For more information please call the Bedgebury Visitor centre on 01580 879820 or email email@example.com
Please Note - For health and safety reasons any large groups wishing to join the Health Walks will need to receive approval 6 weeks prior to the date they would like to attend. We cannot guarantee to be able to provide enough walk leaders to accomodate large groups as leaders give us their time on a voluntary basis.