Mallards pike picnic area

Forest Of Dean Walks

There is a vast choice of walks in the Forest Of Dean, ranging from Sunday afternoon strolls, circular pub walks to long-distance adventure walks.

Some of the key walking areas include the Wye Valley AONB, Cannop Ponds and Mallards Pike. There are many other routes through the woods and Ordinance Survey is a great place to start to plan a route.

Featured Walks

Some of the Forest of Dean and Wye valley walking guides and journals by @aboutglos.

Wye Valley

Wye Valley at Biblins
Wye Valley at Biblins

This is a long extended all day Wye Valley walking route starting at Staunton in the Forest of Dean and heading downhill through some very wild woods. Eventually, the walk reaches the river at Biblins footbridge. The route then heads upstream on the Doward side to the hand ferry at Symonds Yat. This is a great place for a rest and refreshments, the Saracens Head pub is very accomodating.

The walk then proceeds downstream passing the rapids and follows the river past the Seven Sisters then open farmland to Monmouth.

From Coleford to Monmouth

Pennalt Viaduct in the Wye Valley

A long day hike starting in Coleford and heading through the hills towards the quaint village of Newland. From there you pass through woodland and head downhill in the valley towards Redbook. Redbrook is an ideal refreshment stop with 2 pubs joined by a viaduct that crosses the River Wye and England/Wales border. From there the route takes you alongside the riverbanks through pretty meadows to the small city of Monmouth.

Ruardean To Lydbrook

Lydbrook Walk

A downhill walk starting at the top of Ruardean Hill and descending through woods to the pluds. The route then proceeds via country lanes to the River Wye at Lydbrook.

Joys Green to Symonds Yat

River Wye Lydbrook

The walk from Joys green to Symonds Yat was chosen as it is the closest stop I could find to the River Wye in Lydbrook that was a direct service. The Bus is the number 23 from Gloucester.

Having reached the River Wye in Lydbrook the next part of the walk is easy navigation, downstream all the way, following the river until reaching the Saracens Head. This gives you the chance to explore and freestyle walk.

The Stenders

Exploring the woods at The Stenders, the hill above the village of Drybrook. This is a nice walk along narrow trails and ideal for freestyle or sort walks. There is evidence of wild boar activity in the woods and a great place to see the fauna of the area. This area is not far from the Bailey Level mentioned in my Gold Mining page.

Plump Hill to Drybrook

Fairplay Pond Forest of Dean

A walk from the fishing pond near to Plump Hill above Mitcheldean. This walk takes you through some great woodland and has great views over the village and local quarry.

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