The Forest of Dean Sculpture trail

Founded in 1986, the sculpture trail is a partnership between Forestry England and the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust.

Some of the sculptures are temporary, while others will last for years. They have all been designed to evolve over time as the forest changes around them. Over the years, artists at all stages of their careers have been invited to create artworks for this unique context.

The sculptures on this trail are inspired by the forest - its trees, wildlife and industrial past. The sculptures are mostly constructed from natural material from the Dean - wood, stone and iron. They are interspersed along the trail through majestic oaks and towering Scots pine trees.

There are waymarked shortcuts: Shortcut A (first 6 sculptures) is approx 2.2 miles in length and Shortcut B is 3 miles (first 12 sculptures). 

Forest to Forest trail

In 2021 Beechenhurst hosted an additional temporary arts trail called "Forest to Forest" which featured eight new sculptures celebrating forest wildlife, flora and fauna. This trail has now been decommissioned but some of the pieces remain in the forest and will be incorporated into the main sculpture trail.


Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail funders



Trail information

Beechenhurst, Speech House Road, Coleford, GL16 7EL
Sculpture Trail leaflet available at the café for £1.
Some sculptures can be accessed with a power assisted wheelchair.
Grade - Moderate
Trail Length
4.5 miles (7 km)