Bedgebury Forest offers walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding and adventure play for people of all ages and abilities, creating one of South East England’s premier sites for healthy outdoor activity.
Situated on the Sussex/Kent border, there is a multi-functional Visitor Centre, all-ability trails throughout the Forest and National Pinetum and over 20,000 square metres of adventure play equipment. The facilities are open all year round.
Cyclists of all ages and abilities can enjoy a 10km family cycle route and over 12kms of mountain bike trails. This includes a long single-track cross-country loop and a daredevil Freeride area, with built structures and obstacles designed to challenge a rider's ability and technical skills.
There are all-ability walking routes promoting healthy living. The state-of-the-art Adventure Play Area is themed around the great plant-hunters of the Victorian era. For thrill-seekers who like their adventures higher up, there’s a Go Ape high wire forest adventure course with high ropes, bridges and zip wires provide an exhilarating and adventurous route through the trees.
Bedgebury also has over 35km of horse riding tracks and trails. The addition of way-marking, a trail map, a secure box park and picnic area, plus links to existing bridleways has created a wonderful trail riding opportunity.
The Visitor Centre serves both the National Pinetum and Forest. It features catering, toilets, a separate cycle hire shop (including disabled cycles), showers, bike wash area, visitor information and a classroom/community room. The Visitor Centre lies at the hub of a network of new paths throughout the Pinetum that enable easy access for all levels of ability.
Bedgebury's National Pinetum, host to the world’s finest collection of conifers, offers a haven of peace set in beautiful parkland with lakes, streams, rolling hills and wide avenues. The Bedgebury Conifer Conservation Project aims to use the surrounding empty forest to plant a large number of endangered conifers from Europe, Asia, America and Australasia.