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Bedgebury Pinetum

Managed by the Forestry Commission the 300 acre Pinetum contains over 1,800 species of trees and shrubs from across five continents. Bedgebury is now considered to have the largest and most complete collections of conifers in the world, many of which are rare and endangered.

Play Trail

The play trail covers 2 kilometers and passes 10 different activities for children between 1 and 13. It is designed to inspire their imaginations, keep them active and most importantly be fun. The trail includes:

  • The shipwreck
  • The native village
  • The mighty tree house
  • The butterfly climbing wall
  • The giant spider and webs
  • The dragonfly
  • The huge rope swing
  • The tree stump and tunnels
  • The campsite
  • The assault course


Offering miles of forest trails Bedgebury has routes for all abilities, from beginners and families looking for a fun day out to riders looking for a challenge.

  • 10km of family cycle track round the 2,000 acre forest
  • Over 13km of single-track mountain biking
  • Maps of the trails can be purchased from the Visitor Centre
  • Cycle hire, purchase and repair
  • Adapted cycles for hire for disabled people and people with learning difficulties
  • Showers for bother riders and their bikes
  • Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club

Walking and Running

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.

Bedgebury Forest is popular with runners of all fitness levels. The surfaced tracks and way markers have opened up previously uncharted areas of the forest for runners. Bedgebury also host various charity runs throughout the year and a weekly Park Run.

Park Run

Park Run hold a free weekly 5km timed run every Saturday at 9am.

There is no charge to join in, but please register with Park Run before your first run.

You will also need to ensure you bring your barcode each time you run to get your time.

The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail paths and grass around the park. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place. The course starts at the gates near the children's play area and goes through the forest and into the Pinetum across the wooden bridge over Marshall's lake, continue through the Pinetum and down past the lake and visitors centre, then a sharp right back up towards the Go Ape Centre and take a sharp left and finish at the gate right next to  the start.

Please remember that the paths will also be used by people not taking part in the Park Run, please give way to other visitors.

Go Ape

The Go Ape Tree Top Adventure involves fun and adventure across five sites. Each site features award winning high ropes, awesome crossings, tunnels, bridges and epic wind-in-your-face zip wires.

If you are looking for outdoor activities for children, then Go Ape has the answer with Tree Top Junior. Fun filled days out of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You will negotiate crossings and finish on a high with an awesome zip wire.

Opening times


Open every day except Christmas Day

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