Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Kent

The National Pinetum is a botanical garden/collection of conifers and sits on the largest site in the world for such a collection. There are  over 12,000 trees and shrubs (including 1,800 different species) from across five continents, many of them rare and endangered.  It is very popular with cyclists but the Pinetum path does not allow bikes so is good for dogs, although as usual some families think their kids are excluded from such rules! There are grassy hilly areas where we let CC off the lead and she bounced around in the grass. You don’t have to walk up the hills as the main path is generally flat and wide to allow wheelchairs. It was a beautiful day when we went and lots of shady areas and places to have a picnic. The parking fee is a little steep for only a couple of people so we won’t visit to often but I’d like to see it in winter.


  • OK after wet weather – yes
  • Parking fee – £9.50
  • Toilets – yes
  • Café – yes
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