Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

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Taking a walk in Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest


Bedgebury Road
TN17 2SJ


Tel: 01580 879820


Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is a magnificent setting for walks and picnics and world leading collection of conifers.

Bedgebury Forest features family cycling, mountain-biking, Go Ape high rope excitement, orienteering trails, horse-riding, walking, running and the most fun adventure play for all ages and abilities. The wooden ship is a great favourite with tunnels to hide in and sand to soften tip-toes ready to play hide and seek!

With some of the largest redwood trees in the UK and home to the Old Man of Kent, the tallest tree in the UK (now sadly worm fodder - or is that happily?!), you can wonder through some incredible and rare specimens of forestry.

Explore the vast acres and the pretty lakes winding your way through the miles of trails and paths created to see the Pinetum at its best. Wheelchairs are available for free and it really is beautiful at any time of year since the majority of the trees are evergreen.

Dogs at Bedgebury

Well behaved dogs and hounds are most welcome as well as assistance dogs of course. The interior of the cafe is out of bounds to hungry woofs but there is plenty of seating al fresco.

Cycling at Bedgebury

The bicycle trails are best suited to bikers with some experience including some great muddy single tracks for the serious mountain biker. The family trails are a little challenging for tiny riders and best suited to older children.  That doesn't mean to say a little rider cannot scoot around the trail with mama or papa for a short way.  Quench is the name of the bike shop where you can chat to like minded cyclists, hire a bike or get your own bike serviced there.

Bedgebury Cafe

Once you have worn yourself out take a break in the wooden built cafe run by a family who make the food on site. Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians are all catered for.  The cafe is open every day the Pinetum is open and they serve food from 8:30am to 4pm on most of these days.

Soups, hot and cold sandwiches, nachos, jacket potatoes, cakes, FairTrade hot and cold drinks are sourced locally where possible. There is a special menu for the little people in your life too.

Dogs need to stay outside but there is lots of seating under the broad eaves of the lodge style building. It overlooks one of the lakes and also encompasses the visitor centre and the toilets.

Read our blog 'Walking in a Year Long Wonderland' for a little taster of what you can find at any time of the year.

Parking at Bedgebury

There is plenty of parking for cars and coaches at Bedgebury. If you come early and leave before 11am, your ticket will only cost you £3.00 for your car. You pay as you leave and it is possible to pay by card if you wish. 

Map of Bedgebury

You can see an image of a map above which only shows part of the are. This is the link to the full map of Bedgebury from the Friends of Bedgebury. Maps can also be purchased from the visitor centre on site.

Camping at Bedgebury

A campsite is 2.5 miles to the grounds and a great spot to be especially if you are coming to one of their famous events. Being in such a lovely rural location, it is the perfect solution to attend the Forest Live concerts.  Visit the Bedgebury campsite page for more information.

Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
1. Mon - Fri (term time)£10.00 per ticket
2. Weekends, school holidays,Bank Holidays£13.00 per ticket
3. Minibus£30.00 per ticket
4. Coaches£50.00 per ticket
5. Car with trailer - from£20.00 per ticket

One ticket per vehicle.

Opening Times

Open New Year
December 2020, January 2021 - open from 8am to 3.30pm (4 Dec 2020 - 10 Jan 2021)
January 2021 - open from 8am to 4pm (11 Jan 2021 - 31 Jan 2021)

* Closed Christmas Day

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