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Bedgebury Forest


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!

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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 ( 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
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 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 Karen - Tree Top Adventure, on 1 September 2014
Fantastic afternoon. Kids (10 & 13) both really enjoyed it. Safety briefing made us all feel confident. Best bit were the 5 zip wires, especially the long last one! Will definitely be trying out another site soon.
Rated 5 Bananas Jane - Tree Top Adventure, on 1 September 2014
My niece and I had a fab time at Bedgebury, what a beautiful location. The welcome was brilliant, and the instruction received at the start clear, concise but repeated....which ensured we all totally understood the need for safety and how to achieve that....simple easy steps.During our climbing experience, all participants were friendly, chatty and just there to have a great time, so loads of fun.At one point a lady in front become rather tired and felt she couldn't continue. I don't think it took more than 5/10 minutes for the support to arrive and help her to complete that last climb before the zip wire down to ground level. Excellent to watch and know that assistance is never far away. The support team also check on us all regularly, have a little chat and are happy to suggest repeating a previous section if the waiting time is long (and the previous section free).All in all we had a great day, left tired but happy ( the number of sections is just right).The only negative is that at £9.50, parking at Bedgebury is too high, especially if you only stay for part of the day. I would have been happy with £5.00 knowing we arrived at 11.20 and left at 14.45.Many thanks, Jane
Rated 5 Bananas Anita - Tree Top Adventure, on 31 August 2014
This was our second visit to Go Ape. This time my husband decided he didn't want to take part (I had to force him to go last time) and I was a little nervous about being on my own with my 2 sons. The staff were helpful and informative, friendly and reassuring and they all were happy to lend each other a hand. We even witnessed one instructor climbing up to encourage a girl to conquer the last cargo net jump. Even though this delayed us and caused a back log, the instructors were great and offered to let us go on the previous climbs again, although it was getting late. We met some really nice people too and everyone was friendly. When my husband had finished his bike ride he went to the main desk to see where we were and they even made him a coffee, as the coffee shop had closed. I have already recommended Go Ape at Bedgebury, and I can see us returning in the near future. Thank you very much guys.
Rated 3 Bananas Julia - Tree Top Adventure, on 30 August 2014
My husband went with the children and wrenched his arm and could not complete the course. There appeared to be no means of escape at various parts. The children were gutted as they were not able to complete it as he was their supervisor. They would not allow me to complete the course instead of my husband as I had not taken the safety course but, at the point that my husband could not continue, there was an hour long bottle-neck queue where I could have had my own safety course four times over while waiting. For £80 (plus £10 for parking) I felt there was no compassion and no helper was able to finish it with them. We received a standard 10% discount card only valid till November and we had to ASK FOR THAT! We don't all have high paying jobs and some of us have to save hard for these experiences.
Rated 5 Bananas Barbara - Tree Top Adventure, on 30 August 2014
OMG. It was such a good adventure out. Brilliant and exciting from beginning to end. Would recommend it to anyone. Even if you are scared of heights, DO IT! And you can do this with an ileostomy to. I proved it today as I have one. Staff were amazing, helpful and on standby when you needed. Loved every minute of my day out. And I would go again!!!!!
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