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The Sculpture Trail


The Giant's Chair or Place on the Sculpture Trail at BeechenhurstEstablished in 1986, this four 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.

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 Connections at Beechenhurst.

Capability Brown would probably describe the artworks as 'punctuation marks in the landscape'. Pause for thought and consider - what inspired the artists and what story does the sculpture tell? If you want to know more, visit, where you will find information about all of the artists and the artworks.

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. If you would like to contribute to future works, or towards maintenance of one of your favourite sculptures, please visit the website.

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

Cathedral - a large stained glass panel hanging in the trees

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail and will come again to see new works and events at Beechenhurst Lodge. Hill33 by David Cotterrell was added in October 2010, following Echo by Annie Cattrell, which arrived in 2008.

  • 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 miles

Further information and more pictures