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Three picturesque visitor spots in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 30th April 2013

One of the most beautiful areas of unspoilt countryside in the whole of the UK, the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire is the perfect destination for any families or other groups hoping to enjoy a relaxing getaway to a truly picturesque spot. Below, we’ve given some short descriptions of a few of our favourite local places at which you and your party can sit back and simply devote all your time to admiring the wonders of nature.

Soudley Ponds

1. Cyril Hart Arboretum – In the grounds of the traditional centre of administration for the Forest of Dean, Speech House, this stunning arboretum is fittingly named after a local historian and began life as a small collection of trees in 1910. Now featuring around 200 different trees, as well as a selection of intricately carved artistic sculptures, the Cyril Hart Arboretum offers a straightforward and easily accessible way of exploring some pristine landscape. A simple trek, the path around the arboretum is just over half a mile long.

2. Nagshead Nature Reserve – A particularly attractive choice for anyone planning on staying during the months of spring at one of the many available holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean, this beautiful reserve is mainly made up of oak planted around 200 years ago, and is more eye-catching today than it has ever been. Ponds, streams, woodland and open areas also attract a wide variety of fascinating birds, including buzzards, crossbills and hawfinches.

3. Soudley Ponds – Another manmade beauty spot which was constructed specifically to provide a great location for anglers can be found near the village of Soudley. An ideal retreat for those seeking tranquillity on their Forest of Dean cottage holidays, the ponds are at their most delightful in the autumn and spring seasons, and have also been declared as a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England.

Image Credit: Steve Hooton (flickr.com)