Welcome to the Chislehurst Bear Trail. We hope you have lots of fun finding our bears!
The Chislehurst bear trail starts wherever you want along the trail and can be as long or as short as you have the energy for. The whole trail starts at Elmstead Woods station and finishes at Chislehurst station after wending its way through Walden and Chislehurst Rec, past the Library, up the high street, around Belmont Open Space and Scadbury and then either via St Paul’s Cray Common and Pond Wood in Hawkwood or via the A222 to Chislehurst Station.
There are short circuits in Chislehurst and Walden Recs, in Belmont Open Space and in Scadbury and you can also create your own trails linking the different areas.
You can download a PDF copy of the Chislehurst Bear Trail Map here to print at home.
Some information about the bears
The bears installed at the end of June were all carved by Will Lee in his workshop near Ivinghoe in Bedfordshire. The wood comes from sustainable sources. The wood used for our bears includes oak, cedar and redwood.
The Chislehurst Society funded the bear trail in full except for those bears in the Chislehurst Recreation Ground which were funded by Friends of Chislehurst Rec, jdm Estate Agents and Chislehurst Rotary Club.
The bear necessities
- Not all of the route is fully accessible. Our map shows what areas are.
- Some of the paths pass over grass or through woodland. Make sure to wear appropriate shoes and take care as there may be tree roots and overhanging vegetation in places.
- Some of the paths can get quite muddy and slippery after rain.
- Dogs are welcome on the trail but should be on a lead in Scadbury and on pavements near roads.
Each of the bears has a What3Words locator – details of which can be found on each bear’s individual page.
Each bear has an individual QR code which you can scan on your mobile device to follow the Bear Trail around the village. Find out how to use these QR codes here.