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The top adventure activities in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 20th December 2013

The Forest of Dean is famed for its abundance of walks and cycling routes, but something else that it also boasts is an array of adventure activities for families and friends.

Breaks in the Forest of Dean are just not the same if you do not get involved in the numerous adventure activities that are available in and around this part of Gloucestershire, so to help you decide what to do and where to go during your getaway, here is a guide to some of these great activities.


If you are looking for an outdoor adventure provider, then Inspire2Adventure is certainly one to consider.

The firm offers active fun that is suitable for families, adult groups and youth groups, with activities

such as mountain biking, gorge scrambling, high level rope challenges, open canoeing, climbing, abseiling, hill walking and orienteering all available.

Not only are the activity days here fun, but they also allow participants to see parts of the Forest of Dean that they may not have otherwise discovered.

To find out more about what Inspire2Adventure offers, click here.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Go Ape Forest of Dean is Britain’s number one forest adventure park, with a whole host of zip wires, swings and crossings to explore.

Go Ape really is worth a visit during your trip, as it also offers those who are less keen on heights superb views across the forest and is only a short distance away from many of the best holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean.

Image Credit: Chris March (flickr.com)

Mountain biking

Forest of Dean Mountain biking is highly renowned and, if you are a keen biker, this is the perfect place for you, with the area boasting a whole host of different tracks.

 Weather in the Forest of Dean can be unpredictable during the winter months but that does not matter, as the forest has a number of different tracks that are perfect for all types of conditions.

There are various tracks to explore, and the Forest of Dean Mountain Biking firm offers a variety of bike trails from a family route to an all-weather loop trail, to the more challenging cycle trails that are classified as red by official mountain biking bodies.

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The Forest of Dean surrounding the River Wye means that it is a popular area for canoeists and kayakers to visit.

The river is perfect for beginners, with plenty of slow running waters, but if you are a more experienced canoeist then the river has fast rapids at Symonds Yat which will certainly put water enthusiasts to the test!

Image Credit: Ollie Harding (flickr.com)