There are lots of options for fun activities for visitors to the Forest of Dean. This is primarily a guide to adventure activities in the Forest of Dean. Activities can range from simple hiking to off-road cycling experiences.
Watersports activities are popular in the Wye Valley, where you can go on a course or hire a boat. There are courses in bushcraft and other outdoor pursuits.
There are many activities both free and paid for that are adventure activities. In fact, the Forest Of Dean is one of the best inland destinations for the adventurous.
Forest Of Dean Activity Guide
Options for outdoor and adventure activities in the Forest of Dean or Wye Valley.
Canoe & Kayaking
There are many companies offering 1/2 day, 1 day and longer boat trips down the River Wye. However, these usually finish at Symonds Yat East.
There are 2 dominant companies that rent kayaks in the Symonds Yat area. Week-long river adventures are also available of request. These often include training and boat hire for Wye Valley adventures.
Wyedean Canoe Hire – http://wyedean.co.uk/
Wye Canoes – http://www.wyecanoes.com/
Go Ape Tree Top Adventure
At Mallards Pike, in the Forest Of Dean, is Go Ape who offers a treetop adventure. This includes including climbing and riding zip lines through the woods. This is fun for all the family or groups of friends. Go Ape cater to people of all ages and abilities to have some outdoor fun.
Off-road Driving Courses
Whitecliff off-road driving centre offers many options for off-road driving experiences, including courses run by professionals. Based in Coleford in the Forest of Dean, courses include a variety of vehicles to drive.
Bells Hotel Coleford
Bells Hotel and Forest of Dean Golf Club is a popular place to enjoy 18 holes. It is in the picturesque countryside near to Coleford in the Forest of Dean. The course has many lakes, streams and scenic woodland, thus making it a pleasant place to play. They currently have an offer on an 18 hole round with a bacon roll and also a warm drink.
Shooting & Archery in The Forest of Dean
Target sports including clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting and archery. Both are fun activities for people of all ages and abilities. This page includes all the organisations for these types of activities in the Forest Of Dean and also the rest of Gloucestershire.
DBC Leisure in St Briavels is the Forest of Dean’s most popular shooting school. The school has 2 experienced coaches. Safety is paramount for DBC, and they have tried and tested procedures to keep you safe while having fun. DBC is available for parties and corporate functions and an ideal activity for team building days.
Join DBC for a day of fun including; Clay pigeon shooting, including parties for groups of all abilities. Also, air rifle practice and instruction and archery coaching, practice and parties. To find out more about the activities available or make a booking, see their website at www.dbcleisure.co.uk
The principal part of Hillside Archery is Archery Tag! This is a combination dodge ball and paintball, however, using bows and foam arrows. Archery Tag is available for participants over 10 years of age. This is a great fun activity for families and other groups. http://www.hillsidearchery.com/
Adventurous Activities in The Forest of Dean
The list below is a rough list of adventure activities available in the Forest of Dean. Most of these are available all year round and some only during the summer months.
- Walking and hiking through the beautiful countryside.
- Camping in the many campsites in the local area.
- Mountain Biking & Off-road Trails or cycling tours of the villages of the area.
- Canoeing or Kayaking, Tours and also boat hire.
- Rock climbing above ground and also potholing or caving underground.
- Clay shooting, air rifle, archery tuition
- Tree Top Adventure and Climbing
- Outdoor Pursuits, Bushcraft and Survival Schools
- Wild swimming.
Way2Go Adventures guide you and your group for many adventurous activities. They provide Canoeing, Kayaking, Bushcraft, Nordic Walking, Raft Building and also other team pursuits. About Way2Go
Greenacres Stables Horse Riding Lessons
Greenacres Stables offers horse riding lessons in the beautiful forest, including country lanes and also along secluded forest paths. Riding lessons are available for both beginners and also for experienced riders. www.greenacresstables.co.uk