Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
Bedgebury National Pinetum, close to the Kent/East Sussex border, contains over 12,000 trees and shrubs, many rare and historically important, and plays a key role in the conservation of conifers. The parkland of the Pinetum is surrounded by Bedgebury Forest, which covers 770 acres, and it was here that my sister and I spent most of our time.
There are a number of marked trails for visitors to follow, on foot, bike or horse, as well as the shorter seasonal trails – routes that are changed with each season. We followed the 9 kilometer trail on an overcast day at the end of January, picking up the pace towards the end when we really started to feel the cold!
As always, clicking on any of the images will enlarge them should you wish to take a closer look.