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Why you have to visit perfect Puzzlewood

Posted on 03rd July 2014

The Forest of Dean is renowned for being an area of outstanding natural beauty, with its spectacular walks and cycle routes attracting thousands of people every single year.

This is part of the reason why the region is so popular with visitors and why the area’s picturesque holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean are often snapped up quickly.

There are so many attractions in and around the Forest of Dean that are well worth visiting, but there is one in particular that stands out and that is Puzzlewood.

Puzzlewood Forest is regarded by many as one of the most iconic sites of the Forest of Dean and a magical place for people to explore.

So what’s so special about Puzzlewood?

Puzzlewood is one of the best days out in the whole of Gloucestershire never mind the Forest of Dean and this is for a number of reasons.

Puzzlewood Forest is a mile of mazy pathways that cut through twisted roots of Yew trees, past spectacular rocks and over quaint bridges.

In total, this ancient woodland covers a 14-acre area and the magic of this wooded area will certainly capture your imagination, just like it did with JRR Tolkien, the author of the Lord of the Rings series of books, who is believed to have based the forests of Middle Earth on Puzzlewood Forest.

So what can you do at Puzzlewood?

From a variety of walks to the outdoor playground, Puzzlewood really does offer people a number of activities to do during their trip to the Puzzlewood Forest.

The wooded land is also home to a number of forest animals and is a popular destination with nature lovers and birdwatchers.

If you like a challenge then Puzzlewood’s willow maze and indoor maze are certainly a mental workout.

There is also a café, gift shop and a toddler racing track at Puzzlewood.

 Image Credit: Phil John (flickr.com)

Puzzlewood is highly acclaimed

Puzzlewood Forest comes highly acclaimed as well. It is not only regarded as a perfect day out for people on great Forest of Dean cottage holidays, but is also recommended by a number of people as a must-visit attraction.

The forest has been highly praised by The Best of Britain in a recent list, recommended by TV presenter Ben Fogle in his country diary in the Telegraph, suggested as a perfect day out by Countryfile and made the Times’ “Britain’s 100 best days out” list.

Image Credit: Neil Barnwell (flickr.com)