Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Last Updated on March 26, 2024 by Suzy McCullough

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail was created in partnership with Forestry England and is found near Coleford in Gloucestershire.

What can you do at Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail?

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.

Further Information

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?

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.

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.

Dog friendly?

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.

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
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