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Explore Beechenhurst
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.6/5)

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.

Highway Rat Trail

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life on our forest trails. Follow the panels, complete activities and interact with the forest as you head on a journey with The Highway Rat and all the characters from the story!

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 beechenhurstcafe@outlook.com   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, tunnel 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 until December 3rd 2018.  The course reopens in February 2018 for the school half term 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.

Families may wish to download our fun activity sheets for children to help get the most out of your visit.

WildForesters
Outdoor Forest Adventures for schools and families based at Beechenhurst and Wenchford. info@wildforesters.com

Parking Charges

Pay and Display parking operates at Beechenhurst, monies raised are essential for site maintenance and improvements.  Please bring the correct change with you as the P&D machines do not currently take card payments. Thank you.

Cars
Peak  (weekends, bank holidays and Gloucestershire school holidays)
Up to 2 hours £3
2-4 hours       £4
All Day           £5

Off Peak (Monday-Friday during school term time)
Up to 2 hours  £2
2-4 hours       £3
All Day           £4

Coaches (vehicles with over 20 seats)      Minibus
Peak £10, Off Peak £8                              Peak £8, Off Peak £6 

Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass
£30 for a whole year - that's just £2.50 a month and gives free parking for a year as well as a range of other benefits! 

 

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

We love the refurbished cafe and have had great fun at Go Ape as well as using all the walking trails. A great day out for families.

Anonymous, 13/Sep/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Enjoyed a family get together Bank Holiday Monday which was fabulous. Parking was difficult, drove round twice but only to be expected on such a glorious day, well worth the parking charge. Ice creams from the van were delicious and great service from the cafe staff serving our coffee. All in all a fabulous day.

Anonymous, 30/Aug/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

I am responding, as a regular visitor of the Forest of Dean for the past 20 years, to the post about car park charges. I actually have a seasonal pass, but all the same this small daily charge gives access to some of the most stunning, natural landscape we can enjoy in our country. I heard one lady say today at Mallards Pike - 'I've been to many places, but nothing beats this'. If we can pay 30.00 + to enter an amusement park where the profits coat the pockets of individuals, can we not pay a mere 5.00 towards the upkeep of our natural landscape, re-planting trees, providing natural habitats for wildlife, for the benefit of future generations. A day can be easily filled for so little by watching, listening and looking beyond our normal expectations.

Michaela da Cunha, 25/Jul/2017
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Last updated: 1st December 2017

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Dog bin
  • Educational
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 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
  • 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

Location

OS Grid ref: SO614120

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Contact

West England District
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0300 067 4800
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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
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