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Bedgebury Forest

(Kent)

Near Tunbridge Wells

The Forest with it All in Kent. Bedgebury Forest is the wild outdoor adventure in South East England.

With a new lakeside visitor centre as the hub, Bedgebury offers excellent bike trails, our great tree top adventure and the best children’s adventure play trail any little monkey will ever come across. And the beautiful National Pinetum is just a stone’s throw away, making Bedgebury a fantastic day out near Tunbridge Wells.

The Go Ape Tree Top Adventure involves fun and adventure across five sites. Each site features award winning high ropes, awesome crossings, tunnels, bridges and epic wind-in-your-face zip wires.

If you’re looking for outdoor activities for children, then Go Ape’s got the answer with Tree Top Junior. Fun filled days out of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You’ll negotiate crossings and finish on a high (literally) with an awesome zip wire.

Make your way to the Go Ape cabin and be ready to get going on your Go Ape adventure just before your booked time. Please don’t be late!

Please note. Our 2015 prices are: Tree Top Adventure, £33 Adults (16+), £25 Children (10 – 15 year olds). Tree Top Junior £18 per Tarzan.

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Get out and about this season

For full availability simply click on our 'Check Availability & book Now' function for the exact times and dates Bedgebury will be open.

Times will vary on daylight hours. Some of our adventures even open at 08:00 in the summer for those early gorillas!

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

We're open from February to November, but we close our forest doors during December and January (...it gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go).

Open February Half Term (17th February - 21st February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Wednesday/Thursday).

Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).

Open November Weekends.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Bedgebury Forest.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 170 metres
  • Longest Crossing 20 metres
  • Total Length 812 metres
  • Number of Crossings 36
  • Highest Point 13 metres

The Team at Bedgebury

The Address

Go Ape Bedgebury
Bedgebury Road
Goudhurst
Cranbrook, Kent
TN17 2SJ

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates: 51.07041893835042, 0.44254302978515625.

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By car

Bedgebury Forest is signposted off the A21 on the B2079 (Lady Oak Lane), approximately 12 miles southeast of Tunbridge Wells and 16 miles northwest of Hastings. Keep your eyes peeled for the yellow AA Go Ape signs on the A21.

We're at the Bedgebury Pinetum Forestry Comission site.

 Go Ape is tucked away up a hill - keep your eyes peeled for signs.

Please note that the following admission fee applies per car at Bedgebury Forest£9.50 per day. The admission fee includes parking, but also access to bike trails, award winning adventure play trails, mountain bike routes, all-ability scenic walking routes through the Pinetum and forest.

By train

Etchingham (on the Hastings line from Charing Cross or London Bridge) is the closest station to Bedgebury. It is about a 45 minute cycle ride up the A21 (there is a footpath along the edge of the northbound carriageway).

By bus

The nearest bus stop is Flimwell Corner Farm (near the Flimwell crossroad).

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

Please note that the following admission fee applies per car at Bedgebury Forest: £9.50 per day. The admission fee includes parking, but also access to bike trails, award winning adventure play trails, mountain bike routes, all-ability scenic walking routes through the Pinetum and forest.

But there's plenty to do to fill your day out in the forest.

Why not explore the forest and enjoy another outdoor adventure on a bike, or get your walking boots on. Whether you're on two wheels or two feet, this is a beautiful neck of the woods.

There's also Bedgebury Park Equestrian Centre if you fancy an equine experience.

For a bit more adventure in the area please check out Arena Pursuits.

Bedgebury Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission.

From trails to sustainable timber, and concerts to conservation projects, the Forestry Commission looks after forests and woodlands, for everyone to enjoy. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk to find out more.

Staying Over

Need a place to crash?
Our friends below (excuse the pun) come highly recommended from the tree-tops...

Campsites and holiday parks near Cranbrook

The Bell in Ticehurst

Glottenham Castle - A rambling, sympathetically managed and very friendly working farm with ancient woodland, streams, wildflower meadows - and historic Sussex all around.

The George Hotel - one of Kent's most popular hotels is just a stones throw away from us.

The Bull Inn

Mulberry Cottages

Green Circle Hideaways

The Original Hut Company - Quirky little huts to stay in near Bedgebury.

Feedback from Bedgebury Forest

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It’s always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla’s mouth (…and we’re proud to say it’s totally unedited!) And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.

Rated 5 Bananas Lisa - Tree Top Adventure, on 22 October 2014
I came with my son who is 11 and his 10 year old friend. I had promised I would take them before I realised that an adult actually had to do the course with them so I sort of got bamboozled in to it. I am not a lover of heights and I also the bottom half of my spine is one long metal bar with bone transplants so I am unable to do anything to jar my back. When I explained this on arrival I was talked through my options and decided to go ahead but with someone break lining (could have the terminology wrong there!) the zip wires and I would not do the 2nd big Tarzan swing.Antonio was our guide. His explanations at the beginning were excellent and easy to understand. He then followed us round the course (poor man, it took us the full 3 hours) and waited at each zip wire for me. He was very patient and made sure I was ok after every element.The two boys thought it was one of the best things they have ever done and they are going again next week, but this time with their 18 year old brother who will be much more fun for them on the way round!
Rated 5 Bananas debbie - Tree Top Adventure, on 20 October 2014
Being a nervous 46 yr old woman attending with a group all much younger than me, I was generally worried and nervous. Some parts of the course made my heart jump out of my skin, but I have to say I had an amazing time with lots of laughs, and some scary moments. The gounds that this is set in are equally fantastic and I am trying to convinced my children 26 & 24 to come and join me and do all over again.The weather we had helped. Your staff are all so friendly and welcoming which helped with my nerves.
Rated 5 Bananas Donna - Tree Top Adventure, on 20 October 2014
My brother and I love Go Ape and participate at least once a year. My only criticism of yesterday was how long it took to get round. I don't know whether the group before us started late but we had to wait for 5 members of the group before plus part of the group we were in.
Rated 5 Bananas Sophie - Tree Top Adventure, on 20 October 2014
Amazing!
Rated 4 Bananas Giles - Tree Top Adventure, on 20 October 2014
The course is great, your staff are friendly and professional, and we've had more than a couple of enjoyable adventures at Go Ape. However, you are cramming too many people onto the course.The last two times we've been it has taken far too long - in fact, it was so bad that it became tedious and boring; the last thing that a tree top adventure should be. There are simply too many people going round at the same time. Of course, some people go at different paces, but my last two Go Apes have been really unsatisfactory. We were great fans, but all of us agreed that maybe we won't do it again. If you insist on cramming too many people onto the course, people simply won't return. It's very unfair to turn a great couple of hours into a boring three hours plus, especially when you consider that it is a pretty expensive activity.
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