Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Bedgebury Pinetum Gruffalo Trail

It's been on my list for ages to complete the Gruffalo trail but, somehow a visit to Bedgebury Pinetum has always slipped through the net. It's one of the Forestry Commission's many Julia Donaldson trails and the stories are as popular in our house as, I'm sure they are, yours.



If you're like me, you've found this post while you've been researching and planning a day to Bedgebury and what you're looking for are a few key facts and pictures to give you an idea of what to expect, so I won't spend any longer waffling!


What you'll want to know:
The characters are wooden sculptures dotted around the forest.
The shortest route is 2.3 miles (approx. 3.5km) and it is reasonably hilly so plan your route according to the ages of your children. We skipped a few characters as ours were getting tired.
You can pick up a map at the visitors' centre which has lots of lovely other information and activities.
The paths are pram friendly but many of the sculptures are off the paths (ours was fine on either).
Entry is free but you pay for parking* (we paid £13 as it was peak time as it was half term - school holidays, weekends and bank holidays) and there's lots of it.
You can take dogs (see the Friends of Bedgebury website for more information.)
There's a cafe/restaurant near the Visitor's Centre and car park - it got very busy when we were there so plan lunch/breaks wisely if you're going at peak times.
The Friends of Bedgebury Pinteum have their own Instagram which is worth a look for the gorgeous photos showcasing it throughout the seasons. 
There are lots of other things to do at Bedgebury, including playgrounds, Go Ape, horse riding and bike hire. 



As one of the rare days out that the entire family can enjoy (including our pup), we all returned happy and pooped after a day walking in the fresh air.


*from 30th November you can buy your real Christmas trees from Bedgebury Pinetum and, if you do, you're parking is free. See their website for more info.
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