Enjoy a Day Out Surrounded by Trees
Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is a magnificent setting for walks and picnics and world leading collection of conifers.
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.
You can also book a wheelchair or tramper by contacting Bedgebury in advance. For more informaoitn on planning your visit, take a look at the accessibility guide:- https://www.accessibilityguides.org/content/bedgebury-national-pinetum-and-forest
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!
Dogs at Bedgebury
Well behaved dogs and hounds are most welcome as well as assistance dogs of course, but should be kept on a lead in the Pinetum, car park and around the play areas. The interior of the cafe is out of bounds to hungry woofs (with the exception of assistance dogs) but there is plenty of seating al fresco. Dogs can be taken off the lead in the wider forest.
Forest Dog Code https://www.forestryengland.uk/dog-code
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 cycle trail has a longer and shorter option for smaller childres. If they're just learning to cycle there's plenty of hard surfaced forest track hear to the play trail where a little one can scoot around with mama or papa. 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.
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 £3.50 for your car. You pay as you leave and the pay station machines are now cashless and only accept contactless or chip and pin card payments.
Map of Bedgebury
You can see an image of a map above which only shows part of the area, this . This is the link to the full map of Bedgebury Maps can also be purchased from the visitor centre on site.
Friends of Bedgebury
Join as a Friends member for admission during normal opening hours all year, access to other gardens and arboreta and a range of local discounts and offers. Visit bedgeburypinetum.org.uk or email:- firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Staying Near Bedgebury
There are several options locally for accommodation but the nearest is Bedgebury Camping. Visit the Bedgebury campsite page for more information.