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Forest of Dean Tourist Guide Download

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This delightful walking trail takes you to a unique collection of high-quality, contemporary sculptures, within the Forest of Dean. Highlights include include Kevin Atherton's 15 foot by 10 foot stained glassed window 'Cathedral' which hangs high in the canopy over the heads of walkers and Neville Gabie's 'Raw', a giant cube assembled from the entire mass of an oak tree. 
You can park at the visitor centre car park off Speech House Road to start your walk. From here you can pick up the marked trails to the artwork. The trail is free to access and the visitor centre also includes a picnic site and a nice childrens' playground.
Just to the east of the site you will find the interesting Woorgreens Lake and Marsh Nature Reserve. Here you'll find a pretty lake with lots of wildlife to look out for. This includes several species of dragonfly and birds such as spotted redshank, greenshank, green sandpiper and curlew. It's well worth a small detour from the main trail. Also nearby is the Speech House Oaks. The site is a linear band of open woodland of oak on either side of the Speech House Road near the trail. There is a variety of interesting flora here and a wonderful mosaic of different types of tree. Look out for the redstart bird in this area. 
To extend your walking in the area you can pick up the lovely Forest of Dean Family Route which runs just past the trail. The circular cycling and walking trail is a great way to explore the area on foot or by bike. Following it south for just over a mile, will take you to the delightful Cannop Ponds.

Spa Treatments

Enhance your stay with Spa Treatments bought to you by professional therapists..  

Forest Barn Vineyard - Nappa Valley watch-out!

Is there a little benefit to global warming and wine?  Our vineyard is under way and the first harvest at the winery ....

 

Forest of Dean Cycling Guide Map

A free guide provided so you can explore by bike .....

Woodland hot tub ...

Not only exclusive hot tubs to individual cottages but a woodland one too .....

Bluebells in May fill the air with bluebells

From your cottage door enjoy the Bluebell aroma .....

Budding Young Farmers feeding the chickens

We gather at 10.00 to feed carol our rabbit and then feed chickens and collect eggs.

See if you can spot a wild boar or two in the forest around us  ...

Pretty wild boar piglets foraging on the forest floor.  See if you can see them ...

Picnic Platform in the Trees

Plan a family picnic on our elevated viewing platform in the trees .....

Forest Barns Falconry

A Barn Owl on your fist then taking off to fly free and land on a nearby post then requesting the bird to fly back to YOUR gloved fist, what could be more extraordinary? A session not to be missed.  Tick the Falconry Experience box on booking form.

 

Wet Weather Games

We have a heated games room on site that is great for damper days.  The room has .... 

Outdoor Fun & Natural Playground - Rope swings & more

Plenty of open-space for kids to be kids and let of a bit of steam.  Check-out what's on the woodland walk  .....

Have fun with the kids and have a bit of a break from them too - see how!

Travel with baby or a toddler, or both, can be a challenging age with which to holiday ......

Outdoor Fun

Our private rural hamlet enables us to provide space for free-range-children. 

Meet Dennis the Dexta our naughty tractor

In our Young Farmers Area meet Dennis the Dexta Tractor.  Dennis the Dexta is our now ...

Under 5's Play Room

There is a dedicated heated playroom for little guests (under 5 years) which .....

Lake setting with cute native Exmoor ponies and English Shorthorn cattle.

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Self-Guided Walking

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The Severn Bore is one of Britain's few truly spectacular natural phenomena. It is a large surge wave..... 

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16 mins drive, 7 miles, GL15 4ET - Dean Forest Steam Railway

Thomas The Tank Engine comes on holiday here to this 4.5 mile line which runs through beautiful woodland and countryside offering visitors to experience a branch line by steam .....

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5 mins drive, 2.4 miles, GL14 1JU - Pirate Island Adventure Gold

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10 mins drive, 4 miles, GL16 7EL - Sculpture Trail

This delightful walking trail takes you to a unique collection of high-quality, contemporary sculptures, within the Forest of Dean. Highlights include include Kevin Atherton's 15 foot by 10 foot stained glassed window 'Cathedral' which hangs high in the canopy over the heads of walkers and Neville Gabie's 'Raw', a giant cube assembled from the entire mass of an oak tree. 
 

Hear From Our Previous Guests...

Excellent quality accommodation, with everything you could possibly want to ensure a restful stay, located conveniently for travelling to other destinations, no shortage of pubs / restaurants. Recommend highly.

Peter & Melissa, York

Lovely property a real home from home, clean, comfortable, glamorous well thought out décor and touches to make the stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Sarah, Martin and family, Cambridge

Barn was v.comfortable and well equipped and warm. Beds v.good, powerful shower and toiletry items plentiful. Very peaceful and ideal for relaxing. Strongly recommend.

Steve and Davina, Peterborough

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