Forest of Dean

The @aboutglos guide to The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. Details of all the fun and sights for you to see as well as some hidden gems to explore.

Forest Of Dean

The Forest of Dean is a stunning area of ancient mixed woodland and one of the only surviving ancient woods in England. The FOD covers over 42 square miles of countryside and is a diverse habitat for wildlife.


Historically a large part of the woods was reserved for royal hunting before 1066, and remained as the second largest Crown forest in England, the largest being New Forest in Hampshire.


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


  • Cycling Guide -Routes for beginners and experienced in off road.
  • Restaurants – Places that you can eat out for lunch or an evening meal.
  • Attractions – Places of interest for days out for locals or those visiting the area.!


  • Cinderford – A small town in the forest.
  • Coleford – A small market town, it is situated approximately four miles east of the Welsh border and close to the Wye Valley.
  • Drybrook – A small village on the edge of the area.
  • Redbrook – A village on the banks of the river Wye, it has a village store and 2 pubs. It is a great spot for those using the river for fun including for wild swimming.
  • Monmouth – The historic county town of the welsh county of Monmouthshire. A place with a good choice of shops and eateries.
  • Parkend – A village on the Dean Forest Railway with a shop and a few pubs. Also many places to stay nearby for holidaymakers on an adventure.
  • Lydney – A small town with the areas railway station, located on the banks of the River Severn, it has a harbour and the end of the River Lyd.

Fairplay Pond Forest of Dean


The Forest of Dean is a beautiful location for an inland holiday in the UK. Accommodation can range from camping, glamping, B&B and hotels to suit your taste. There is a wide choice of adventure holiday activities including walking, bushcraft, and watersports on the River Wye AONB.

  • Camping – Sites in the area for holidays under a canvas.
  • B&B – Guest houses in the area for a budget and comfortable stay.
  • Hotels – A variety of different standard rooms are available in the local area.

@aboutglos Favourites

Our favourite places to visit and things to do in the area are.

  • Wye Valley – Strolling along the river banks of this beautiful river.
  • Cannop Ponds – Exploring the lakes and woodland in the area on foot, really should try on a bike one day.
  • Drybrook – The woods near the village as quiet and have history there.

Bucket List

Places i have yet to visit.

  • Canoe – Traveling by boat downstream for a few days from Hereford to Chepstow.
  • Puzzlewood – Looks stunning, shame not dog friendly or would have visited last trip.
  • Goodrich Castle – An 11th century ruins that fate stops me visiting.
  • Chepstow Castle – Ideal for a train trip out from home.
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