Bedgebury Forest Mountain Bike Trails

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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Park Lane, Goudhurst, TN17 2SJ
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Bedgebury is close to the Kent/East Sussex border, 2 miles north of Flimwell and within an hour’s travel from SE London, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Ashford, Hastings and Eastbourne.
From London leave the M25 at junction 5 and join the A21 southbound towards Hastings. Bedgebury is signposted off the A21 on the B2079, approximately 12 miles southeast of Tunbridge Wells and 16 miles northwest of Hastings. From the north and east, take the A262 to Goudhurst, then follow signs to Bedgebury.
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Bedgebury Forest Mountain Bike Trails on the Kent, Sussex border offer a great mountain bike experience. There are 12 miles of singletrack, graded red.

In September 2013 the 5 Ways section opened and in October Magic Carpet has also been opened by the forestry commission meaning that the ride down from the Quarry to Park lane is now complete.

The previous Northshore and Dirt Jumps areas have been removed. 

Red (with black options) Trail

  • The 12km red trail can be defined as being made up of twisty turns with many short ups and downs giving you a significant yet rewarding workout. It is nested in a rooty environment with small berms to aid with cornering with many small rollers and a good few small drops dotted along the way. It is split into a multitude of sections aptly named e.g. deliverance, cardiac, five ways, magic carpet and so on each with their own flavour.
  • It has an optional black section which is at the lower end of the black scale. This section starts with a rock garden roll up demanding balance and speed and then has a number of small kickers and drops.

Family Trail

  • 10km of newly surfaced family cycle track round the 2000 acre forest.

Cycling Clubs and Groups

  • There is an active club structure from Boars on Bikes  who organise rides and trail building and there is a Go Ride British Cycling gig for the kids. 

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Grin Factor
Level of fun had, or to be had
Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
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Fab local ride
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
It wouldn’t be a bedgebury ride without a slice of cake at the end of cake run !!

User Review

Good Points
The trails here are fun & well maintained. My 2 boys also ride all of the trails here so it is great for younger shredders as well.
Bedgebury is great for honing technical skills/speed but isn’t about big gravity.
Bad Points
None
Would you recommend?
Yes
K
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Love Bedgebury
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Great place to ride, I'm privileged to have it on my doorstep

User Review

Good Points
Fantastic place for all kinds of rides, from solo to family
Active club that has regular rides, trail builds, etc.
Bad Points
Some more skilled riders may find the trails less challenging
Would you recommend?
Yes
OB
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My review
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Overall I think it is a good trail for a beginner or someone who wants to learn, but personally I’ve ridden them many times and know all of it so maybe new trails ?

User Review

Good Points
Good trail lengths,
Trails are in good condition
Doesn’t take long to complete
Bad Points
Maybe more stuff for the better riders who want a challenge,
Jumps?
Too much uphill
Would you recommend?
Yes
J
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Pleasant Surprise!
(Updated: September 16, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Visiting my in-laws in E Sussex, I threw my bike in for the duty visit. I spent a Saturday morning riding the red trail around Bedgebury Pinetum and I was pleasantly surprised.

First things first, the ride nearly ended before it started! When I pulled up to the Visitor Centre car park and saw that they wanted £12 for parking, I turned around. Luckily I found plenty of space in Flimwell (well a lay-by on the A21) and parked for free. The 5mins ride to the visitor centre was a perfect warm up for the mornings ride. The trails were easy to find, and I quickly got on my way. The course is broken down into sections, each are well designed and well built (well done to the team). There is a good mix of all weather hard core, roots and rock. The berms are solid and well shaped allowing fast and flowing lines interspersed with well placed trees and rocks to keep you focussed! I quickly challenged myself to avoid my brakes having gained the confidence to take the berms higher I could carry a lot more speed out of the corners; good fun!

There is much comment on the limited technical challenge, steepness, etc. my only response is that I would not be looking for that sort of terrain in Sussex and Kent! I have learnt to find the challenge in any terrain and Bedgebury certainly allowed me to push my skill level. The terrain requires good control of speed, direction and line as any skill failure will quickly result in you getting closer to nature; which justifies its red grading.

The Visitor Centre set up is impressive, and it is clear the £12 parking charge doesn't deter the masses from visiting. Bikes for hire, Bike shop, bike wash, toilets and a cafe tick all of my boxes for facilities. I wouldn't go miles out of my way to visit, but it is worth the effort if you are nearby.

User Review

Good Points
Fast, flowing runs.
Good build quality.
No boring fire road slogs between sections.
Amazing facilities.
Enough to make your smile.
Bad Points
£12 parking... WOW!
Looks popular with visitors.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
www.barsonbikes.co.uk

User Review

Good Points
After 10 years there's no sign of the site slowing down its changes and developments. New sections every year it seems and a good link between the FC and the local Club in working towards continual improvement. The red route offers enough twisty turny lumpy rooty fun, making so much of the terrain it possesses... ok, there aren't any mountains but it's Kent, not Snowdonia. The locals are friendly and welcoming and newbies are welcomed with open arms. The range of coaching available throughout the year for all age ranges and skills levels and the led rides is really outstanding via the Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club or the guys at Quench Cycles. I've been riding there since it opened and what it has done is opened up a whole new world for me- friends, experience, confidence to go further afield and ride better and stronger without ever losing the fun or the desire. Oh, and there's cake... lots of very good cake.......
Bad Points
FC parking costs can be a bind but joining the bike club means it works out much cheaper in the end- and the parking money goes to trail development so that's a bonus. And dog walkers on trails can be the occasional problem but Bedge isn't alone in that one.
Would you recommend?
Yes
T
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Love Bedgebury!!
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Awesome place

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Good Points
We take our cycle cross bikes around the family trail, it gives us so much fun!! Smiles all around.
Would you recommend?
Yes
L
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Awesome xc trail
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
All in all a good maintained trail but with over priced parking, but i geuss this is how they found the development of the forest and trails.
Keep up the good work, i hope i will be enjoying the forest for many years to come

User Review

Good Points
Such a good trail right on our door step, well maintained by a team of volunteers and has had money spent revamping trails by pro trail builders that have made some really fun interesting sections.
Bad Points
I think the lack a jump park which was once there is a poor factor, alot of riders comment on this and wish the jump area was back in action with lots of jumps for all to try and learn new skills. Could do with some optional jumps and more drops along the trails would turn this place into a bike magnet.
Would you recommend?
Yes
M
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great day out
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
food is great trails are great, love this place,almost as good as swinley

User Review

Good Points
everything
Bad Points
parking is a little expensive
Would you recommend?
Yes
SW
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A great trail center
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
If you want a great day out in the open air cycling, walking, picnicking go to Bedgebury, you won't be disappointed. And if you want to get more involved and give something back join the club (BFCC) you get great benefits and the proportion of money for the car parking from your subscription goes back into trail maintenance!

User Review

Good Points
I love Bedgebury and every time I ride there which is usually once and sometimes twice a week it's different every time. The single track is well maintained and varied and every year another trail is being developed by the Boars and this is done voluntarily too. A lot of thought and dedication has clearly been put into this and it's always a pleasure to ride there. The Boars are amazing as they put on a race series, a Junior club with two levels, adult coaching, numerous events like a weekend of trail building with free camping and numerous outrides throughout the year.
Bad Points
Not many bad points really. People moan about the grading of the trails and that's there's not many black/advanced trails, but if you look at the geography of the area it's clear that you can't make extreme gradients where it's not possible, if you want mountains go to Wales or Scotland. It used to get very muddy in the Winter but not so now as most of the trails are now all weather and a very small proportion gets really bad now.
Would you recommend?
Yes
L
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Most enjoyable trails I've ridden
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
I've ridden at Bedgbury for the past 3 years, through summer and winter. It can get very boggy in the winter which don't bother me at all. Mountain biking is an all weather pursuit, it's challenging in the wet thick mud, as the spring/summer creeps in the trails firm up and flow beautifully, with a mix of up and down. I've ridden all over and Bedgbury is still my favourite, I'm not a member of the Boars and don't know any of them but I follow them on facebook. The commitment and effort put into looking after the trails and the trail builds is absolutely brilliant, they obviously have great passion for MTB and the forest. The parking gets moaned about a lot by first time visitors, I think it is still £9.50 for non members, I find this price very reasonable. At the end of the day your getting full use of the whole forest and superbly maintained trails which are great fun for all. If you look at it this way, go up town to the cinema, buy some unhealthy food, watch a film you have never seen before your looking at £30+ per head.... £9.50 between you and a friend you get safe parking and a fantastic facility which you can use and stay on as long as you please

User Review

Good Points
Stunning forest
Great trails
Friendly
Safe parking
Great shop and cafe
Facilities are brilliant
Bad Points
Sometimes you get walkers and dogs on the trails, I've come across a screaming toddler being chased towards me up the trail which thankfully I heard and was able to stop. The bike wash is a bit pricey to give my bike a thorough clean I need two tokens. Again I think you get free use if you are a member of the boars.
Would you recommend?
Yes
SF
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