Introduction: "Adventure in a world of trees". The Forestry Commission's National Pinetum is home to the world's finest conifer collection, whilst the wider Forest offers walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, adventure play and orienteering for people of all ages and abilities, creating one of South East England's premier sites for healthy outdoor activity.
Location: North of Flimwell, accessed off B2079 between Goudhurst and the A21.
What can I do? The Visitor Centre and Café lies at the heart of a network of paths throughout the Pinetum and wider Forest; that enable easy access for all levels of ability. You can explore the Pinetum – a haven of peace set in beautiful parkland with lakes, streams, rolling hills and wide avenues. Cyclists of all ages and abilities can enjoy a 10km family cycle route (with a 4km short loop) and over 13kms of single-track mountain bike trails. Bike hire is available and National Cycle Route 18 passes through the Forest. Horseriders are also well catered for, with 12km of way-marked trails, a secure box park and links to bridleways. An extensive state-of-the-art Adventure Play area is themed around the great plant-hunters of the Victorian era, and provides fun for all the family. Finally, there is a Go Ape high wire and aerial assault course, with rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip wires up to 40 feet above the forest floor. Please visit www.goape.co.uk for more details.
What can I see? Look out for signs of wild boar, fallow and roe deer, dormice and numerous different birds. Butterflies such as dark green fritillaries and white admirals can be seen. Four different species of orchid can be seen throughout the Pinetum and Forest.
What can I hear? Woodland birds such as goldcrests and hawfinches roost in the Pinetum in winter. Woodpeckers, siskins, marsh tits and nuthatches can all be found on the feeders around the Visitor Centre.
Grid Reference: TQ715337(OS Map)
OS Map: 136
Opening Times: All year
Prices: (car parking charges apply)
Terrain: A variety of paths, access is suitable for disabled.
Nearest train station: Etchingham, 6.3 miles
Nearest NCN route: Route 18 runs through the middle of the woodland
Where can I park? Bedgebury has a large car park, accessed off the B2079. Pay and display ticket machines are in use.
Where can I get further information? Bedgebury Forest website Use our interactive map to find the site location and other places to go in the area.