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Fantastic photo opportunities in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 15th May 2014

An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Forest of Dean stands as a perfect destination for those keen for an escape to the countryside.

Boasting a multitude of activities, walks and experiences across more than 42 square miles of ancient woodland, it comes as little surprise that photo opportunities in the forest can be found in every direction. If you have come on your Forest of Dean luxury cottage holidays in search of capturing inspiring images, here are some of the best places to help you achieve just that.

Symonds Yat Rock

Located on the borders of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, the ascent up to Symonds Yat Rock is well worth the effort and those who do so will have an unbeatable view across a stunning gorge. An internationally renowned viewpoint from which the snaking route of the River Wye is clear to see, wildlife enthusiasts can also enjoy the opportunity to glimpse fallow deer and birds of prey such as peregrine falcons, goshawks and buzzards. Its unique setting has also helped it feature on the big screen, with the rock being used to film a scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One.

The Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst Lodge

There’s nothing better than a walk deep into the Forest of Dean – especially if you’re looking for a method to keep the kids entertained. Fortunately, this is exactly what can be enjoyed on the Sculpture Trail, a four mile journey of discovery that begins at Beechenhurst Lodge. One of the first trails of its kind to be opened in the UK, it was first opened in 1986 and the sculptures from the featured artists were each designed to not only interpret the forest environment, but also its history. Among the best in terms of photo opportunities include ‘Iron Road’, ‘Raw’ and ‘Hanging Fire’. Why not pick up a copy of The Sculpture Trail map from Beechenhurst Lodge to ensure you can make the most of your visit?

Clearwell Caves

Because words won’t do the Clearwell Caves enough justice, bringing a camera along and taking some images of these impressive natural caverns is the ultimate method of explaining the beauty of the site to friends and family at home. First formed around 330 million years ago by underground streams, they have been mined for iron ore for more than 4,000 years and this extensive work has carved beautiful passageways that connect the caverns underground – resulting in incredible camera scenes right along the route. If you are looking forward to visiting the caves during your cottage holidays in the Forest of Dean, be sure to wear sturdy footwear in order to make the most of your visit.

While the low-level caverns can be admired by all, both semi-deep and deep level visits offer the chance to explore the rarely seen ravines of the network and the photo opportunities are simply astounding. If you are keen to learn more about these, why not visit the Clearwell Caves website?

Image Credit: David Merrett (Flickr.com)