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 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. With the 30th anniversary of the trail in 2016 funding has been 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: www.forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk. 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.
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.
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