This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more here

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

4.5 mile long woodland Sculpture Trail. Enjoy the views from our giant chair and walk underneath a stained glass window hung high in the tree canopy. Free of charge and perfect for all ages.

Attraction in or near Coleford


Description

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 a 15ft high stained glass window suspended from the tree canopy enabling visitors to walk underneath and a giant chair made of sweet chestnut, which enjoys picturesque views.

The sculptures are installed within the woodland to encourage you to seek them out - the posts with blue rings will direct you - but if you want to make life easier for yourself, pick up a map at the shop at Beechenhurst.

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. They have recently secured new investment for four new artworks due to be installed in 2016. To make a donation to support artworks on the Trail or to find out more about future plans visit: www.forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk.

A map to the trail can be bought at Beechenhurst Lodge.

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
  • Open all the time
  • Walk Route - Follow blue ringed posts
  • 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.


Features

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

Location

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

Enter your start address:

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 3.5 miles long. It can also be explored in a series of shorter distances. Follow the blue ringed posts and direction arrows.

Train
The nearest stations are Lydney, Chepstow and Gloucester. 
 
Bus
The No 30 bus from Coleford - Cinderford - Gloucester passes Beechenhurst, the official stop is at the Cannop Crossroads.
 
Car
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.
 
Postcode
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

Prices

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