GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bedgebury Forest Walks and Mtb

6 miles (10 km)

Bedgebury is a great place for cyclists with miles of family cycle tracks and a more challenging mountain bike trail. The gentle 10km trail is perfect for exploring the 2000 acre forest at a leisurely pace on generally flat surfaced paths. Adrenalin junkies can enjoy 13km of single-track mountain biking. It's generally graded as a red trail and has fast sweeping gradual descents and some challenging climbs. There's also cycle shop where you can hire a bike.
The forest is also great for walkers with miles of peaceful woodland trails to follow. You can enjoy a stroll around the beautiful Bedgebury Pinetum. This recreational and conservationalarboretum has 10,000 trees growing across 320 acresincluding the most complete collection of conifers on one site in the world.
If you would like to extend your exercise then you can head to the nearby Bewl Water and enjoy a splendid 12.5 mile cycling and walking trail.

Bedgebury Forest Postcode

TN17 2SJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Bedgebury Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bedgebury Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Bedgebury Forest Pubs/Cafes

Just a couple of miles west of the forest you will The Boat House Bistro at the northern end of Bewl Water. It's a great place to relax after your exercise and enjoy some freshly caught trout from the reservoir. You can enjoy wonderful views over the lake from the restaurant or the outdoor Terrace too. You will find the Boat House near the car park at the northern end of the reservoir at postcode TN3 8JH.
In the nearby village of Wadhurst you could try The Old Vine Inn on Cousley Wood Rd (Postcode:TN5 6ER). The 16th century pub now includes a fine South American restaurant.
If you head into nearby Cranbrook then Larkin's Alehouse is well worthy of some consideration. This excellent micropub has a fine range of ales and ciders to sample. It's a friendly, award winning place with a lovely garden to sit out in. You can find them on the High Street at postcode TN17 3EB.

Bedgebury Forest Dog Walking

As you'd expect the wide forest trails are ideal for dog walking. You're bound to bump into plenty of other owners on a fine day.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The forest is located just a few miles south west of the worthy town of Cranbrook. The town is well worth exploring with a number of fine medieval buildings, a noteworthy church known as the 'Cathedral of the Weald' and a very photogenic working windmill to see. There's also an excellent, award winning micropub on the High Street to try. The Cranbrook Walk explores the town before heading to the nearby Sissinghurst Castle. The National Trust run castle is another major highlight of the area with its parkland, gardens and interesting history.
For more walking ideas in the area see the High Weald Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Bedgebury Pinetum - geograph.org.uk - 796135

Bedgebury Pinetum. Bluebells blooming beside the "Spring Walk" path through the world's largest pinetum.

The Great Lake, Bedgebury Park - geograph.org.uk - 1766654

The Great Lake, Bedgebury Park. The Bell Bedgebury International School is to the right of the photo. This is part of the Bedgebury Estate, which dates back to the 9th century. The lake is a good spot for seeing waterfowl.

Bedgebury Pinetum - geograph.org.uk - 796940

Bedgebury Pinetum. Specimen conifers on the hillside south-east of Marshal's Lake.

Track in Bedgebury forest - geograph.org.uk - 1595996

Track in Bedgebury forest. This track heads northwards. It is part of a red route mountain bike trail around the forest. Seen from the bridleway near Three Chimneys Bank.

Rhododendron at Bedgebury - geograph.org.uk - 796928

Red flowering rhododendron beside a pond in the Pinetum. In the distance, left, is the edge of the Leyland Cypress hedge.

Forest Trail, Bedgebury - geograph.org.uk - 796994

Waymarker post for the family cycle trail. A dense network of signposted trails exists in the Forest with many open to cyclists. Some, like the one pictured, are on nice easy surfaced paths suitable for families or anyone looking for an easy ride.

View towards Bedgebury Park - geograph.org.uk - 1157693

View towards Bedgebury Park over the fields. Formerly used as a school this impressive building is Grade II* listed.

Hillside in Bedgebury Pinetum - geograph.org.uk - 796954

Hillside in the Pinetum. Flowering broom in the foreground, bluebells on the grassy slope in middleground, specimen conifers can be seen in the background.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Bedgebury Forest.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Bedgebury Forest.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)