Plan your visit to Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

A view across the visitor centre and lake at Bedgebury Pinetum in Summer

Planning your visit

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is open from 8am every day except Christmas Day. The National Pinetum comprises of a world-renowned tree collection with over 12000 specimen trees. The forest is home to a children’s play trail, Go Ape high ropes courses, many miles of family cycling and mountain bike trails and waymarked running routes.

There's no need to book in advance to visit; except for a Go Ape experience or one of our special events. Closing times change with the seasons and range from 3.30pm during special events, 5pm during winter and 8pm in summer. 

Please check our website before you travel or look at the closing time signage on arrival.

Walking, running and climbing trees 

Whether you're planning a short walk or a longer hike, off-road running or a day out for the family there's plenty of ways to get active at Bedgebury. 

Waymarked walking and running routes cover both the National Pinetum and the forest. Download a map from our walking, running and play trails website pages, or visit the information point to pick up a leaflet.

The National Pinetum includes rare and endangered tree species, we kindly ask you not to climb on any tree except fallen ones or logs. Children can enjoy climbing walls, giant ropes and high slides on our Play Trail, located close to the boundary of the pinetum. Or why not book a high ropes experience at Go Ape to see the trees from the canopy!

A couple walking hand in hand with a camera in the national pinetum
Cycling couple

Cycling in Bedgebury Forest

Bedgebury Forest has miles of cycling trails, including singletrack for mountain bikes. Bedgebury National Pinetum is a special tree collection and we ask that you do not cycle in this area including the play areas, or around the visitor centre and car park.

Children may ride bikes and scooters in the National Pinetum, as long as the bike/scooter measures 70cm or less from the ground to the top of the handle bars. Parents and guardians should ensure that children ride carefully throughout the pinetum and keep distance from other visitors.

Please take care with electric bikes and scooters and do not cycle them in the National Pinetum, around the visitor centre, and in the play areas.

Food and drink

Bedgebury cafe offers refreshments daily from 8:30am at the visitor centre and there's no need to book ahead.

The cafe serves a wide range of tasty hot and cold locally sourced food, delicious cakes and freshly baked pastries, as well as a range of hot and cold refreshments. Bedgebury cafe caters for a wide range of dietary requirements. Just chat to a member of the team.

At weekends and during busier days Bedgebury Kiosk is open next to Go Ape for grab and go snacks, drinks and ice creams. You're welcome to bring picnics but please consider supporting Bedgebury by supplementing these with something from the cafe. Take all litter home or use the bins located around the visitor centre. 

A family sitting next to a lake enjoying tea and cake at Bedgebury Cafe

Keep it clean 

Pests and diseases pose a threat to our internationally significant tree collection at Bedgebury. They can spread rapidly and have a devastating impact on our landscapes. Biosecurity is the set of precautions we take to stop the spread in our forests. We're protecting woodlands and keeping our trees healthy, but we need your help. 

Think about bikes, boots and buggies when you visit, and watch this short video for biosecurity tips.


Dogs are welcome at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest! Please keep them on a lead when you are in the car park, the National Pinetum and the play areas.

Well behaved dogs are allowed inside the Information point and atrium. The cafe remains dog-free.

Dogs can be taken off the lead in the wider forest but please be mindful of other visitors and take extra care near our bike trails. Dogs aren't allowed on the singletrack mountain bike trails.

Bins are only located around the visitor centre. To reduce waste on site we encourage all visitors to take their litter home. 

A brown dog being clipped onto a lead

Know before you go

Trampers at Bedgebury

Plan your day out using our Accessibility Guide. You can book an all-terrain mobility scooter for free in advance of your visit - it is best to call us on 01580 879820.

family cycling 3 abreast

Stay safe and follow the forest code during your visit. In an emergency, call 999 before you let us know at the visitor centre by calling 01580 879820

Bedgebury National Pinetum Visitor Centre lake view of cafe

Pick up your maps and trail activity packs at the information point and shop in the visitor centre. Ask our friendly visitor services team how to get the best out of your visit...

Drone photography at Bedgebury National Pinetum

Drones and commercial photography are not permitted at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest without prior approval. If you'd like to enquire about permission, please email...

A bench surrounded by trees and a view across a valley
Bedgebury is a protected place. It is prohibited by law to climb trees; to damage or remove plants; to operate any aircraft, glider, hot air balloon, kites, boat or craft of any kind; to disturb wildlife by swimming, fishing or littering.