Bedgebury is one of my favourite places in Kent. It’s truly beautiful all year round. For those who are wondering what Bedgebury is, it’s a pinetum based in Goudhurst in Kent. It’s one of those places that has the balance right between being tailored for visitors and preserving the natural beauty.
There’s so much to do at Bedgebury. One of our favourite activities here is the bike riding. It’s got both a family trail and a mountain biking trail. The family trail is about 10km long and has a great stopping point called Louisa Lake which is very picturesque, where you can stop for a quick swig of water or perhaps even a bite to eat, if you are carrying your picnic.
Depending on your level of ambition on the bike, they have mountain bike trails of around 12km. Everything is really well signposted and I love cycling amongst the trees. There’s even bike hire there if you don’t have your own bike. Last time we went, we decided to hire a tandem and do something a bit different. That was a lot of fun!
There’s also lots of other activities there including Go Ape, archery and some great kids play areas. Coupled with a café and some other facilities, you really do have everything for a great day out.
After our bike ride, we often walk around one of the trails and find somewhere picturesque and peaceful to have our picnic. There are a number of picnic benches dotted around the pinetum and it’s wonderful to walk around looking at all the majestic trees and greenery that surrounds you.
The pinetum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is a true natural beauty. It’s heart-breaking to think the storm of 1987 destroyed almost one third of the trees.
At just £10 to park all day, I think that Bedgebury offers really good value for money and not only that I love cycling and walking through the trees here.
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