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Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

4.5 mile long woodland Sculpture Trail. Walk underneath a stained glass window hung high in the tree canopy and discover hidden places in the Forest. Free of charge and perfect for all ages.

Attraction in or near Coleford


Established in 1986, this 4.5 mile long Sculpture Trail was one of the first to open in the UK. The Trail features sculptures created by artists to interpret the Forest environment and the history of this very unusual landscape. It provides a unique opportunity to walk through the woodlands and discover art along the way. Perfect for all ages and abilities, you don't need to know about art to enjoy what you see.

Highlights on the trail include Cathedral, a 15ft high stained glass window suspended from the tree canopy enabling visitors to walk underneath, and Iron Road, twenty sleepers on a former railway line carved with images of the Forest.

The sculptures are installed within the woodland to encourage you to seek them out. The posts with purple markers will direct you. If you want to make life easier for yourself you can buy a map at Beechenhurst Lodge.

The sculptures are commissioned by The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, a charitable organisation, working closely with the Forestry Commission. The Trust relies entirely on fundraising in order to commission the sculptures for the Trail. With the 30th anniversary of the trail in 2016 funding was obtained for new sculptures to be installed. To make a donation to support artworks on the Trail or to find out more about future plans visit: Just as new sculptures are installed, old ones decay and are removed; this was always part of the original concept, just as the forest continually decays and is refreshed.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail and will come again to see the new sculptures and to take part in events at Beechenhurst Lodge.

  • Free entry but there is a parking charge at Beechenhurst and maps can be purchased for £1
  • Open all the time
  • Walk Route: Follow trailmarkers with purple arrows
  • Location: Grid Ref SO6112, Post Code GL16 7EG
  • Duration: 1.5 hours+
  • Distance: 4.5 miles

Opening Times

Access to the Sculpture is available all year round, from dawn to dusk. Please check Beechenhurst Lodge information for cafe and shop opening times.


  • Activities
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Attraction
  • Children welcome
  • Dog Friendly
  • Families
  • Free
  • Outdoor Activity


Speech House Road
GL16 7EG
O/S Ref: SO 6112

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The Sculpture Trail starts and ends at the rear of the Forestry Commission, Beechenhurst Lodge picnic site, west of Speech House in the heart of the Forest.

The full Sculpture Trail is about 4.5 miles long. It can also be explored in a series of shorter distances. Follow the blue ringed posts and direction arrows.

The nearest stations are Lydney, Chepstow and Gloucester. 
The No 30 bus from Coleford - Cinderford - Gloucester passes Beechenhurst, the official stop is at the Cannop Crossroads.
The Royal Forest of Dean is situated on the English and South Wales border in the UK, 120 miles west of London (via the M4), 65 miles from Birmingham (via the M5), and 35 from Bristol to the centre of the Forest. Follow tourist signs for the Forest of Dean. Take the B4226 Coleford to Cinderford road. Beechenhurst is located between the B4234 crossroads (Parkend/Lydbrook) and the Speech House Hotel.
Please don't use our postcode in your Sat Nav. It will take you to Broadwell near Coleford, this is on the B4226 but a few minutes drive away from Beechenhurst. 

  • Cinderford
  • Coleford
  • Parkend


Free of charge. Parking charges on site at Beechenhurst Lodge.