Forest of Dean


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Drive south from Ross and you will find yourself in the Forest of Dean. This ancient forest has changed many times over the centuries. In medieval times it was a royal hunting forest, before becoming a source of timber for the navy’s Tudor warships. By Victorian times it was a major site of industry, with coal mining and tramways punctuating the landscape. Today the forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and a great place to explore.

There are many attractions within the forest including the following:

Beechenhurst – the best place to start your family forest adventure! 

Symonds Yat Rock – stunning views over the River Wye and beyond. 

Forest of Dean Cycle Centre – trails for all ages and abilities, bike hire available on site.

Mallards Pike – a scenic spot with a variety of activities on offer for you to enjoy.

Wenchford – popular picnic site beside the Blackpool Brook.  

Cannop Ponds – an idyllic spot to view local wildlife including mandarin ducks. 

The Cyril Hart Arboretum – discover over 200 tree species at the arboretum! 

New Fancy – discover stunning views of the Forest of Dean at the New Fancy view point. 

Tidenham Chase – walk along Offa’s Dyke and see stunning views at the Devil’s pulpit.