Out and About

One of England’s few remaining ancient forests, the Forest of Dean covers over 27,000 acres of woodland. Steeped in history, abundant in local food, rich in culture and bursting with spectacular scenery, the Royal Forest of Dean offers you the chance to discover a part of England unlike any other.

The Royal Forest of Dean consists of four quite different landscape areas:

The Ancient Royal Forest lies at the very heart of the district with the market towns of Coleford and Cinderford offering insight into the industrial heritage and history of this fascinating area.

The Wye Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty, offering endless opportunities for outdoor activities such as canoeing and fishing on what is perhaps Britain’s most unspoilt major river, including the breathtaking Symonds Yat. For historic splendor visit Chepstow Castle, Monmouth and the magnificent Tintern Abbey.

The Vel of Leadon is a quintessential unspoilt English area featuring rolling farmland, vineyards and black and white timbered buildings centred around the picturesque town of Newent.

The Severn Valley, through which flows the country’s longest river, is famous for its tidal bore, Blaison Plums and Perry Pears. Visit the delightful Westbury Court Gardens owned by the National Trust, the only formal Dutch water garden in the UK.

More information from www.wyevalleytourism.co.uk and http://www.forestofdean.gov.uk/

Forestry Commission Activities

Clearwell Caves - Ancient iron mine and caves less than a mile from the hotel.

Puzzlewood - Pre Roman open cast iron ore mine about a mile from the hotel.

Severn Bore


Nagshead Nature Reserve -

Beechenhurst Lodge - Gives you the opportunity to enjoy some of the South Wests' best loved sculptures, forest walks, trails and open countryside.

Dean Forest Railway - Heritage steam railway running between Lydney Junction and Parkend

Perrygrove Railway - Perrygrove Railway is the steam train for all ages - and all weathers!

Lydney Park Spring Gardens - Spring Gardens with rhododendrons and azaleas. Roman temple site and museums.

Dean Heritage Museum

Tintern Abbey - Ruins of ancient Abbey

Old Station at Tintern - Built as a Victorian country railway station, situated in the beautiful Wye Valley (AONB) the station is quite a haven from the hussle and bussle of daily life. An ideal starting point for walks in the Wye Valley.

Abbey Mill at Tintern  - Original mill site of Tintern Abbey, now offering riverside shopping and dining.

International Centre For Birds Of Prey

Amazing Hedge Puzzle & Butterfly Zoo - A large hedge maze set on the banks of the River Wye at Symonds Yat. 

Sculpture Trail  - A 3.5 mile woodland walk in the middle of the forest. Shorter trials are signposted.

Wye Valley Walk  - A perfect mix of hill and river walking.

Offa Dyke Walk  - Runs from Sedbury, near Chepstow, to Prestatyn through the varied and little-frequented landscapes of the Welsh Marches. 177 miles long.

Whitecliff 4x4 Off Road Training

Redhill Extreme Activities

Forest Combat Paintball

DBC Leisure