Coronavirus update: Beechenhurst, the start point of the Sculpture Trail is now open to the public but some restrictions are in place. Please check the latest updates before visiting here

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Getting there

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail is free of charge and no prior booking is required. Opening times are usually 8am until dusk. The trail is closed on Christmas Day. The Trail is located at Forestry England’s Beechenhurst site. Forestry England operate a car park, toilet facilities, a cafe and picnic areas. Beechenhurst is on a direct bus route from Gloucester.  To plan your visit, go to the Forestry England Beechenhurst webpage.

Access

The Sculpture Trail is situated on the side of the Cannop Valley, as such there are steep slopes and uneven terrain throughout making certain areas unsuitable for many pushchairs and wheelchairs. Should you not wish to walk the entire trail, the Speech House Woodlands car park allows closer access to the sculptures found at the end of the Trail (15 & 16). We welcome feedback to continue to improve accessibility. You can get in touch at westengland@forestryengland.uk. The Trust is working with Forestry England to find ways to improve accessibility such as an audio guide, 360 degree remote viewing tours and BSL tours planned for the future. More infomation can be found by visiting the Beechenhurst webpage.

Dogs are welcome

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

Schools and coach visits

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 westengland@forestryengland.uk

Visitor Testimonial

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