Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
Near Coleford, Gloucestershire
Average time spent – 1.5 – 3 hours.
Things to do at Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail review
The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail was created in partnership with Forestry England and is found near Coleford in Gloucestershire. It was first started 30 years ago and is a popular family-friendly walk. If you want to do the full walk it can take up to 3 hours. The trail sits at the rear of the Forestry England, Beechenhurst picnic site in the heart of the forest. The full trail is 4.5 miles long but it can be explored in a series of shorter distances.
There is a trail leaflet which you can purchase from the Beechenhurst centre. This describes the sculptures along the trail and there is also a useful map. Some of the sculptures are slightly off the trail so the map can help you find them. Some of the sculptures are now quite old and without a map, you may struggle as there aren’t many signs along the trail.
The works are deliberately discrete in the woodland. The idea is that visitors have to seek them out or come across them by chance. There are currently 17 sculptures, a further 12 are no longer visible or have been decommissioned. There is a picnic site and a children’s’ playground, designed by the sculptor Andy Frost.
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FAQ and Further Information Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
Address: Speech House Rd, Coleford GL16 7EL, Gloucestershire, England. Phone: 0300 067 4800
Category – Trail – Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Sculpture trail through woodland, with 17 sculptures and a 4.5 mile long walk (shorter walks are possible), play area. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE – you can walk the trail for free. A trail map costs £1.
Is there parking?
There is a large pay and display car park at Beechenhurst. All day peak parking costs £7, £5 off-peak. Other charges/length of stay are available.
When are they open?
The Forest of Dean Sculpture trail is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Dogs are welcome on the sculpture trail.
Are they accessible?
The Sculpture Trail is within a working forest, with a wide variety of terrain. The Trail sits on the side of the Cannop Valley, there will be slopes to walk up or down making the walks occasionally challenging for most pushchairs and wheelchairs.
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