Visit the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
COVID-19 / Coronavirus update: Beechenhurst the Forestry England recreation centre at the start of The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail is now open to the public but some restrictions are in place and the onsite cafe now serves food and drink on a take away basis only.
Please visit Forestry England’s Beechenhurst webpage before visiting to get the latest updates: click here
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 England, 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 purple ringed posts and direction arrows.
Click here to view our map location O/S Ref: SO 61412
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.
The nearest stations are Lydney, Chepstow and Gloucester. Click here to visit the Forest of Dean and Wye Tourism website for further advice.
The No 30 bus from Coleford – Cinderford – Gloucester passes Beechenhurst, the official stop is at the Cannop Crossroads.
A Sculpture Trail walking map is sold by the Forestry Commission for £1, this is available at Beechenhurst’s café or the ranger hatch on site when open. Alternatively you can download and print a copy of the map in advance of your visit: click here
Beechenhurst Cafe is a Forestry England Visitor Centre and includes a café, picnic site, toilets including baby changing and disabled facilities and a playground. Visit the Forestry England website website for more information.
Pay and Display parking operates at Beechenhurst, monies raised are essential for site maintenance and improvements carried out by Forestry England.
Peak (1st April – 31st October)
Up to 2 hours £3
2-4 hours £5
All Day £7
Off Peak (1st Nov – 30th March)
Up to 2 hours £2
2-4 hours £4
All Day £5
Coaches / Minibus with trailers
Peak £12, Off Peak £10
Minibus / Motorhome
Peak £10, Off Peak £8
Regular visitors can save money with Forest Membership
£35 for a whole year – that’s less than £3 a month and gives free parking for a year as well as a range of other benefits! For more information visit Forestry England Card payments accepted Coaches/Minibuses welcomed Disabled parking available
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 Forestry England they are coming on site, call 0300 067 4800 or e-mail email@example.com .
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 children 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 occasionally challenging for most pushchairs and wheelchairs.
For general access information ring the the Forestry England, Tel 0300 067 4800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
Forestry England 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.