We are open dawn to dusk daily, every day of the year.
Entry is free of charge.

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LOCATION

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Beechenhurst, Speech House Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire. OS Grid Ref: SO614120  The Sculpture Trail starts and ends at the rear of the Forestry Commission, Beechenhurst picnic site, west of Speech House in the heart of the Forest. The full Sculpture Trail is about 4.5 miles long. It can also be explored in a series of shorter distances. Follow the blue ringed posts and direction arrows.

Click here to view our map location O/S Ref: SO 61412

TRAIN

The nearest stations are Lydney, Chepstow and Gloucester. Click here to visit the Forest of Dean and Wye Tourism website for further advice.

BUS

The No 30 bus from Coleford – Cinderford – Gloucester passes Beechenhurst, the official stop is at the Cannop Crossroads.

CAR

The Royal Forest of Dean is situated on the English and South Wales border in the UK, 120 miles west of London (via the M4), 65 miles from Birmingham (via the M5), and 35 from Bristol to the centre of the Forest.

Follow tourist signs for the Forest of Dean. Take the B4226 Coleford to Cinderford road. Beechenhurst is located between the B4234 crossroads (Parkend/Lydbrook) and the Speech House Hotel.

Please don’t use our postcode in your Sat Nav. It will take you to Broadwell near Coleford, this is on the B4226 but a few minutes drive away from Beechenhurst.

MAP

A Sculpture Trail walking map is sold by the Forestry Commission for £1, this is available at Beechenhurst’s newly opened café or the ranger hatch when open.

BEECHENHURST CAFE

Beechenhurst Cafe is a Forestry Commission Visitor Centre and includes a café, picnic site, toilets including baby changing and disabled facilities and a playground. Visit the Forestry Commission website for more information.

CAR PARKING

Pay and Display parking operates at Beechenhurst, monies raised are essential for site maintenance and improvements.  Please bring the correct change with you as the P&D machines do not currently take card payments.

Cars 
Peak  (weekends, bank holidays and Gloucestershire school holidays)
Up to 2 hours £3
2-4 hours       £4
All Day           £5

Off Peak (Monday-Friday during school term time)
Up to 2 hours  £2
2-4 hours       £3
All Day           £4

Coaches (vehicles with over 20 seats)      Minibus
Peak £10, Off Peak £8                              Peak £8, Off Peak £6

Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass
£30 for a whole year – that’s just £2.50 a month and gives free parking for a year as well as a range of other benefits!  For more information visit Forestry Commission England Discovery Pass

GROUPS & SCHOOLS

For support and ideas on planning your school visit, go to the Forest Learning information page
All coach parties (over 20 seats) now need to notify the Forestry Commission they are coming on site, call 0300 067 4800  or e-mail westengland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk .

PLAYGROUND

There is a picnic site and a children’s’ playground, designed by the sculptor Andy Frost.

Andy Frost drew inspiration from the history of the Dean as a working forest to provide the play furniture adjacent to Beechenhurst Lodge. His sculptures provide a stimulating experience for youngsters up to 12 years old. Various play structures represent aspects of timber production – children can clamber over an oak tree, an old wooden ship under construction, a man and horse leading an old cartload of logs, and woodmen with a crosscut saw, modern lumberjack with chainsaw. The history of mining in the Dean is also portrayed; swings and a ropeway are overlooked by a pithead cage tower, a sliding pole is incorporated into a beam engine used to pump mine water (the original is in the Dean Heritage Museum).

ACCESS FOR ALL

The Sculpture Trail is within a working forest, with a wide variety of terrain.  The Trail sits on the side of the Cannop Valley, there will be slopes to walk up or down making the walks unsuitable for most pushchairs and wheelchairs. Countryside Mobility recently launched a Tramper mobility scooter hire service with guidance on exploring the Sculpture Trail. As only one tramper is available we strongly recommend booking in advance. Go to the Countryside Mobility website for more information and booking details.

For general access information ring the the Forestry Comission, Tel 0300 067 4800

or e-mail westengland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk .

DOGS

Dogs are welcome on the sculpture trail. Dog biscuits and water bowls are available at Beechenhurst Cafe. You can find out more information on Forest dog walking here

WHAT TO WEAR

Sensible footwear and, depending on the weather, waterproof clothing.

The Forest Commission has erected safety fences throughout the Forest for your protection. These have small red ‘DANGER’ notices attached. Under no circumstances must this type of fence be crossed, as the fenced areas have dangerous drops-quarry faces or mine shafts

WHERE TO STAY

Visit the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tourism Website to explore a wide variety of accommodation options.