Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
4.5
08:00 - 20:00
Monday
08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 20:00
Thursday
08:00 - 20:00
Friday
08:00 - 20:00
Saturday
08:00 - 20:00
Sunday
08:00 - 20:00
About
Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is cared for by Forestry England. Bedgebury is located in the High Weald of Kent, it's the perfect place for healthy outdoor activity. Bedgebury Forest covers around 20,000 square metres of forest and features trails for family cycling, mountain-biking, Go Ape, horse riding, walking and adventure play for all ages and abilities. The National Pinetum contains the world's leading collection of conifers and is a beautiful setting for walks and picnics in all seasons, surrounded by lakes, streams, rolling hills and wide avenues. A network of paths throughout enables easy access for all levels of ability. The Visitor Centre features a visitor Information office, cafe, toilets, bike hire, showers for bikes and riders, and an education/community room.
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More than 3 hours
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mari0nm0rris
Colchester, UK67 contributions
Enjoyable stop could easily have spent longer
Sep 2021 • Family
We stopped here on our way back from a holiday in Rye to break the journey for our young granddaughter. The car park price is a bit steep if you think of it as per car but we considered just under £3 per person good value.
She was very excited to see the gruffalo poster as we reached the visitor centre as at 2 and a half it's 1 of her favourite books. We had been to Thetford recently and were expecting the trail to be similar - well signed and able to glimpse one sculpture from the next. We had photographed the map but gave up after the squirrel and returned to the visitor centre. After a drink we set off in the other direction so that at least we could find the gruffalo but no luck . Instead we found part of the play trail - the shipwreck, this was brilliant, slides that she could access and a lovely swing. We went on to the next bit which was equally as good- just wish we had just done the play trail rather than wasting time on the gruffalo.
I have read replies to other reviews that the gruffalo trail is not suited to young children which is odd as a lot of the merchandise is aimed at pre schoolers.
Written 20 September 2021
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Tom
United Kingdom5 contributions
What a gem!
Sep 2021
Didn't know anything about this place until we visited a hotel close by. We were looking for somewhere to have a cycle ride during our trip. OK so £10 for a mid week car stop seemed a little steep but the investment put into the place really shows. It's a fantastic place for anyone to come from serious MTB riders to families with children or the older generation for walks etc. We cycled all around the blue family route and came across some lovely settings. The café and outside eating area are great - the food and drink is OK price wise, maybe expensive for some. A word of warning though, we stopped here on a damp Tuesday in September and were almost alone as we went about the place, it was so peaceful. I would say that on a sunny Sunday in the height summer you could find yourself in a seriously busy environment though! Have fun whatever.
Written 15 September 2021
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Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK2,137 contributions
A marvelous place
Aug 2021
The car park was really full but the beauty of this place is that, if you get away from the paths and take your chance on the grass, you can get away from other people for a quiet walk in the trees, It really is a marvelous place. There's plenty of benches, where you can just sit and admire the views. And, if you get hungry or thirsty, there's a cafe with outdoor seating by a small lake.
Written 25 August 2021
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dee1500
Kent8 contributions
Family cycle route not suitable
Aug 2021 • Family
I personally didn’t find the family cycle route enjoyable. The blue route I believe 10k. I have a Dutch style bike with a baby seated up front. Which isn’t ideal for this route. Mountain bikes are better.

The paths are very hilly which is a challenge however they are also very difficult to negotiate on a Pendleton bike. The paths are very stoney (large stones) and rocky in places making it very tricky to cycle on and not comfortable Bearing in mind it’s a family route with lots of parents cycling with toddlers and babies it’s a very bumpy ride. For the price to park I £14 would of appreciated better maintained paths for safety as well as a comfortable ride for little ones. Fair enough with the more challenging routes this isn’t so much of a problem but for the family ride it’s not ideal.

Apart from a few parks at the beginning of the route there also aren’t enough places to enjoy as a respite on route, to break up the miles and to make a more enjoyable day. Only one small area by the lake with 2 benches which isn’t enough bearing in mind how many families cycle this route.

We won’t be returning anytime soon, it’s a beautiful forest but there are better routes which are free and more enjoyable. If we do return we’ll use the cycle routes again outside the boundary of bedgebury instead of paying £14 to come inside.
Written 23 August 2021
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M2357RYmariap
Bexleyheath, UK33 contributions
If you want to walk your dogs off lead.... beware!
Aug 2021
We checked and re-checked their website with regards to taking dogs and walking them off lead there. Our boys love forest trails. It stated that dogs were welcome, however, it was the most uncomfortable walk we have ever done having paid £14 for parking for this privilege.

It was not very clear as to where dogs could be off lead, even with continuously asking other dog walkers, who themselves were unsure.... We were constantly putting our dogs on lead, then off lead, then back on the lead, then off again, then asking them to return to us as groups of bikes went past us. Not at all suitable for walking dogs off lead if that is what you had hoped to do. as we had.

Very disappointing and will not ever be returning again.
Written 22 August 2021
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H Powell
Essex, UK98 contributions
Big trees were awe inspiring
Aug 2021
We loved this place - the pinetum was astounding with its huge trees planted in the 1840s and the pinetum walk was just perfect. I don't know why people are complaining about the parking, we felt it was good value for our family of five. My daughter also enjoyed the playground. The cafe next to the pond was also a lovely spot for a drink and something to eat.
Written 15 August 2021
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ainsworth179
Kent, England79 contributions
Nice place buy rip off parking charges
Aug 2021
The pinetum is lovely and there is lots to do.

Unfortunately the £14 parking charge is a complete rip off. It is £10 outside of school holidays and weekend. The ways the parking money is spent are outlined there and they are all very honourable, but I'd love to know why these 'good causes' require an extra £4 during school holidays.

Sadly we didn't buy anything in the cafes as we'd spent up on parking.
Written 11 August 2021
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Lutz M
Norwich, UK28 contributions
Mugged at Bedgebury National Forest
Aug 2021 • Family
Outrageous parking fees! £14 to park during school Holidays and weekends, but only £10 any other time! Why the increase ? It is not as though they offer anything different . No ,it’s purely to fleece people. Also not a single electric parking charger in sight . Not very eco friendly .
Enjoy the outdoors and get fit , but only if you can afford it! Avoid and go elsewhere.
Written 3 August 2021
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david g
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK32 contributions
Most expensive and overrated walk ever.
Jun 2021 • Couples
£14 to park for a walk! Utter ripoff and will never visit again. We were there for an hour and a half. Makes London look cheap!
I have read your response to others about costs, but hitting people for that amount for parking is disgusting.
Written 27 July 2021
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Thank you for the feedback. I am sorry that you were not aware of the other admission fee options for your visit to Bedgebury. These are clearly available on our websites, printed material and on site as you enter the car park. We also have a car admission fee option of £3.50/car for those visiting between 8am & 11am daily or from 5pm to closing time, throughout the year. This represents excellent value and the opportunity for visitors to enjoy Bedgebury for walking, running and cycling. Bedgebury does not make a profit. The reasons for this are simple. Whilst parts of Bedgebury generate income, including vehicle admission, some events and business leases, this income is insufficient to offset the costs of our important tree conservation, science and learning activities. The impact of these on global tree conservation efforts is demonstrated very well in a number of projects are we supporting at the current time. Income generated is re-invested back into the site. This allows us to maintain/develop our wide range of facilities/activities, provide educational programmes and protect/enhance the important conservation and research work carried out by the National Pinetum.
Written 29 July 2021
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Toff the lop
Leigh-on Sea, UK2,217 contributions
Excellent place for a trail ride or walk
Jul 2021
Thursday before school holidays, so £10 parking all day, MTB trails as good as ever, they have had some track improvements last 4/5 months, did a circuit then took a stroll around the area good info on the trees and its all well looked after, nice water areas, had some lunch in the cafe shared it with some Ducks bit on the pricey side but looks to be made on the premises but the Ducks didn't care about that, a Lovely place, you can take a Picnic, Hour and half drive for me, try to visit every 6 weeks to ride the trails.
Written 22 July 2021
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