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Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

November to February: 8:00am – 5:00pm
March: 8:00am – 6:30pm
April: 8:00am – 8:00pm
May to August: 8:00am – 9:00pm
September: 8:00am – 7:30pm
October: 8:00am – 6:30pm


Overnight parking is not permitted. 

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How to find us

How to find us

Cannops Ponds is located approximately two miles east of Coleford. 

West Dean, Lydney
Sat Nav Postcode: GL15 4JS
OS Grid Ref

51.793839649296, -2.5670069761163

Parking and prices

Car parking charges will be introduced to Cannop Ponds in June 2019.

Ticket machines will accept cash only please ensure you bring the correct change with you as no change facilities exist at this location.

We are committed to improve our car parks long term, this commitment will ensure the main recreation hubs like Beechenhurst and Cannop Cycle Centre are supported and linked by a network of well signed and maintained pathways.  

Income from parking charges pays for the maintenance of toilet facilities, footpaths, play area’s and cycle trails, to offer a safe, healthy and family-friendly environment in which to spend time. The support the parking charges provides us with is absolutely vital to the Forest of Dean and we’re keen to thank all our visitors.


Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Charges at peak times (weekends, school holidays, bank holidays)
Up to 2 hours £3.00
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £5.00
Off peak charges (weekdays, term time only)
Up to 2 hours £2.00
Up to 4 hours £3.00
All day £4.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses - peak £8.00, off peak £6.00

Facilities and access

A mobile catering unit is on site daily in the Gloucestershire school holidays from 11am - 4pm and every weekend throughout the year.  Silvia Davis Refreshments serve hot food and drinks plus cold drinks, snacks and ice creams.  Specials include Wild boar sausage or Venison sausage on a fresh long roll.

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

Landline Number
0300 067 4800

Enjoy the peaceful wildlife at Cannop Ponds today

The site was originally home to the Severn and Wye Railway, which was constructed to allow exploitation of the mineral resources of the Forest of Dean.

The ponds were created in 1825 and 1829 to supply a waterwheel at Parkend Ironworks. Today, they are used for fishing by the Yorkley Angling Club and the site makes an idyllic spot to view local birdlife. Look out for the Mandarin ducks, reed warblers and a pair of nesting mute swans.

A catering unit operates here during most weekends and school holidays (weather permitting)  selling a variety of hot drinks, cakes and burgers.

At a glance

  • Walking trails
  • Dog walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Picnic area
  • Mobile catering unit
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