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Walking, Outdoor Activities & Attractions

1. We are situated on the tree line of the 27,000 acres of Royal Forest of Dean, 30 seconds from your front door. With acres of space with meadows, ponds and streams walk the farmland or the woodlands.

2. Soudley Ponds 500 yards away are 3 connecting ponds is a nature reserve for wildlife and the surrounding paths are suitable for pushchairs and the less able. Try the walk up to the ridge to the Blaize Bailey viewpoint overlooking the River Severn.

3. 12 Easy Walks

4. Sculpture Trail starts 3 miles from here Beechenhurst Lodge and is way marked. Whole trail is 4.5 miles long and will take 2-3 hours. There are two signposted shortcuts back.

5. Puzzle Wood is an experience for all ages. David Else of Lonely Planet commented that this is an extraordinary area with a maze of paths, eerie passageways through moss-covered rocks, hidden dead ends, weird rock formations. Explore meandering pathways through beautiful ancient woodland. The mile of paths meander through gulleys and moss covered rocks, over bridges and through fantastic tree and rock formations

6. Cycle Hire and 11 mile cycle trail through the forest. Explore the Wye Valley and the Peregrine Way to Symonds Yat. Cycles to hire for everyone.

7. Severn Bore tidal wave is one of the biggest in the world
(20011 Bore Times now available) It is one of Britain's few truly spectacular natural phenomena. It is a large surge wave that can be seen in the River Severn, where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the world, being as much as 50 feet (approx. 15.4m).

8. Canoe & Kayak Hire at Symonds Yat in the forest of dean so you can canoe down the Wye.

9. Go Ape - The family favourite! AWESOME tree top adventure. Think your friends and family can handle 3 hours of tree top adventure? If you can climb up a rope ladder you should be fine.

10. Information about wildlife events in the Forest of Dean by Forestry Commission.

Attractions

11.Perrygrove Railway. Family favourite. Don't just let the engine driver show you how the engine works but explore the houses up in the trees, indoor village and secret passages, play under cover at Foxy Hollow. It also boasts an all weather Treasure Hunt. Take your own picnic as there are covered picnic tables. Woodland walks and a Railway on which to ride, with no restrictions of how many times you ride.

12. Dean Heritage Centre. Discover the story of the Forest of Dean. Explore a Victorian foresters’ cottage, free miner and charcoal burners camp. See an impressive waterwheel and beam engine. A great place to start your visit.

13. The international centre for birds of prey. Many species ranging from the huge eagles and vultures through to the tiniest of owls are housed there. Falcons, hawks, buzzards, kites, caracara and secretary birds all live and breed. Flying demonstrations take place in picturesque setting bounded by woods and a lake and open fields. Flying demos every day winter and summer

14. Goodrich Castle, Goodrich, Nr Ross on Wye. Explore the 12th centure keep, chapel and maze of small rooms. Climb to the battlements and take in the amazing views of the Wye Valley. Enjoy a varied programme of special events. Telephone 01600 890538.

15. Visit Ross-on-Wye and the live summer festival. An attractive market town which nestles alongside the meandering River Wye. It is the only town within the boundaries of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Ross festival 2009 runs from Sun 19th July to Wed 5th August with Pam Ayres and many others.

16. Clearwell Caves – Ancient Iron Mines. See how iron ore has been ‘won’ for 4000 years from the Bronze Age. Still operates and produces Ochre pigments for artists and other natural paints. Nine impressive caverns for the public to explore. For Christmas, the caves are transformed into a spectacular Christmas Fantasy.

17. Dean Forest Steam Railway. A magical 9 mile trip through the medieval forest to Parkend with steam trains and some heritage diesel services. Pay once – ride all day.

18. Kingfisher River Wye Cruises. Be enchanted with the magic of a forty minute cruise on the Wye from Symonds Yat East. The trip includes a commentary and takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery on the river Wye.

19. Littledean Jail – The Alcatraz of the Forest. This is the UK’s Infamouse ‘Black Museum’.

20. Severn and Wye Smokery Ltd, the home of smoked salmon. As well as locally sourced Gloucestershire and Forest of Dean foods you can buy: fresh wild salmon, fresh farmed salmon, Scottish smoked salmon, organic salmon, smoked wild salmon, fresh fish, fresh seafood, smoked fish, smoked poultry and an array of local foods through our online shop. Many visitors recommend the Café at this store.

21. Chepstow & Cheltenham Racecourses have summer evening racing in July & August 11 and Cheltenham racecourse are not far away.

Fishing

22. Cannop Ponds for Trout, Speech House Lake. With a day permit purchased from Connections at Beechenhurst for £5.00 per day. Forest Connections t: 01594 822612 or follow click here.

23. River Wye, fishing licence available.

24. Beanhill Lake at Ayleburton 01594 529846

 

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