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Lydney Harbour set to become Forest of Dean tourist gem

Posted on 18th July 2016

Thanks to cooperation amongst local leaders and a developer’s vision, Lydney Harbour on the Severn Estuary may soon be transformed into a tourist gem within the upcoming year.

Lydney Harbour

With recent planning permission granted, work is set to commence to make the Forest of Dean’s hidden harbour into a place people want to go whilst on holiday. The development of new restaurants, pubs and historical sites will be yet another great reason to book one of the many nearby holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean.

“It’s important that life and vitality is brought back to this harbour location blessed with some of the most stunning views and outlook on the Severn Estuary,” said harbour custodian Richard Cook in speaking with local media. “By developing the leisure, cultural and historic connections to this site we believe we can make this a major tourist attraction of the south west.”

A business owner in the area, Cook has said he wants to expand his Severn and Wye smokery business – currently from Chaxhill – and bring it to an unused factory on the Harbour. As part of his contribution, he is also hoping to add a restaurant or cafe overlooking the Severn Estuary.

The harbour community of Lydney grew to prominence during the region’s mining years. It was a major stopping point for Forest of Dean coal before it was transported to other parts of the country and even the world.

“I believe the harbour is a hidden gem and has the potential to become one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions,” said Lydney councillor Brian Pearman.

“It makes sense for us all to work together on bringing in investment to improve public access and make the harbour more pleasant for visitors by providing toilets and somewhere people can get something simple to eat and drink,” he said.

Image Credit: Ben Salter (flickr.com)