Forest of Dean

The Forest Of Dean, the area is characterised by over 110 square kilometres (42.5 sq mi) of mixed woodland, one of the surviving ancient woodlands in England. A large area was reserved for royal hunting before 1066, and remained as the second largest Crown forest in England, the largest being New Forest.

Although the name is often used loosely to refer to that part of Gloucestershire between the Severn and Wye, the Forest of Dean proper has covered a much smaller area since mediaeval times. In 1327 it was defined to cover only the royal demesne and parts of parishes within the hundred of St Briavels,[1] and after 1668 the Forest comprised the royal demesne only. This area is now within the civil parishes of West Dean, Lydbrook, Cinderford, Ruspidge, and Drybrook.

The Forest Of Dean has many places for you to walk, do some off road biking or other adventure activities.

Cannop Ponds - Forest of Dean

Forest Of Dean Other Pages

  • Cycling Guide – Cycling and Cycle Routes for beginners and experienced off roaders.
  • Eat Out – Restaurants and pubs where you can eat out for lunch or an evening meal.
  • Places – Towns and villages in the FOD.
  • Tourist Attractions – Tourist Attractions including many walks, castles and other places of interest !


News relating to the Forest of Dean including companies, events and fun.