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Great walks found in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 08th August 2013

Nestled delightfully in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside, the Forest of Dean provides the perfect destination for those who seek tranquillity and serenity during their holidays. One of the few surviving ancient woodlands in the country, it’s also an ideal spot for those keen to discover the great outdoors; here are just some of the finest footpaths and trails you could enjoy during your Forest of Dean cottage holidays.


Because the Forest is home to such a variety of routes, it means that it can cater for all abilities of walker. For those who consider themselves as a beginner or after a relaxed route, the easy circumnavigation of the Dark Hill Ironworks offers the perfect method of exploring the countryside without breaking into a sweat. Just ¾ mile long without any gates or stiles, it connects onto the Family Cycle Trail from Coleford to Parkend and is great for family members young and old to come and discover.

The circular route from Trellech Beacon offers the perfect route for those looking for something a little more challenging, but still easy-going. Three miles with six gates and no stiles, it begins at the Beacon View Commission Car Park and incredible views across the Brecon Beacons, the Malvern Hills, May Hill, Cotswolds ridge and, of course, the Forest of Dean can be found along the way.

Another popular network just waiting to be discovered is the Wye Valley Walk, one which spans over 136 miles from Chepstow deep into Wales before finishing on the slopes of Plynlimon. For those looking to experience the walk during a stay in the Forest of Dean, the Chepstow-Monmouth and Monmouth-Ross on Wye promise to be easier routes to accomplish, with both being almost entirely flat. The walk between Ross-on-Wye and Hereford is perfect for those keen for a more testing stroll, featuring a hilly up and down scramble across the beautiful woodlands and fields of the region. The routes are clearly marked with the distinctive logo of a leaping salmon, ensuring you’ll always know that you’re heading the right way.

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