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The three best walks in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 15th November 2013

The Forest of Dean covers around 42 square miles of beautiful woodland and heath, with its outstanding natural beauty attracting thousands of visitors every single year.

Those who are on a mini break in the Forest of Dean are often drawn there by the number of walks that can be enjoyed in the area. Here, we take you through some of the best routes that are on offer for visitors to enjoy all year round.

English Bicknor

One of the most popular trails for walkers on their Forest of Dean holidays is the English Bicknor walk, which is just a stone’s throw away from many Forest of Dean country cottages.

This route starts in the quaint village of English Bicknor and takes walkers to the popular Yat Rock viewpoint, which is 600 feet above sea level and offers visitors stunning views of the countryside and industrial ruins alike. This most picturesque of Forest of Dean walks also takes ramblers through some beautiful protected woodland, past dramatic cliffs to the bank of the River Wye.

To find out the full details of the walk and how to get there, click here.

Cinderford Town Trail

For anyone wondering where is the Forest of Dean in relation to other walking hotspots around the UK, it is in deep in the heart of Gloucestershire, and one of the best walks that encapsulate the beauty of this county and its towns is the Cinderford Town Trail.

This trail was actually created by local school pupils and explores the area’s rich history and cultural attractions that were discovered by the students.

In all, the path is three miles long and takes walkers past six sculptures which highlight some of the town’s most important characteristics. The walk, which is great for the whole family, starts at the library in Cinderford and should take around an hour and 30 minutes to complete.

Tidenham Wildlife Walk

There are a number of Forest of Dean activities with a range of different walkways and cycle paths for visitors to enjoy, but the Tidenham Wildlife Walk is one of the best that can be experienced.

Located in the south of the Forest of Dean, the six-mile walk takes in dramatic cliffs that overlook the River Wye and the incredible Tintern Abbey.

The walk is circular and starts from “The Park” car park near Tidenham Chase. During the walk, trekkers may be able to see Exmoor Ponies, cattle and sheep grazing on the heath land, as well as a variety of wild birds. If you are really lucky, you will also be able to get a glimpse of some fallow deer.

If this guide has whetted your appetite to go walking on your next Forest of Dean holidays, be sure to check out the Visit Forest of Dean website for more local information.

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