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

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day. The site opens at 8:30am every day and the closing times are as follows:

November to February - 5:00pm

March - 6:30pm

April - 8:00pm

May to August - 9:00pm

September - 7:30pm

October - 6:30pm

The visitor centre is manned by volunteers and is not open all year round. 


How to find us

How to find us
Coleford Road, Parkend, Lydney
Sat Nav Postcode: GL15 4LA
By Car

From Coleford, follow the B4431 towards Parkend. Just before Parkend village, the Reserve is signposted to the left, accessed along a forest road

OS Grid Ref

51.768205060201, -2.5653505325317

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Nagshead Nature Reserve. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

The toilets are located in the visitor centre and are only accessible during open hours (10am to 4pm at weekends and bank holidays, between Easter and September). 

Baby changing facilities
Picnic area
Visitor Centre
Wildlife hide

Contact details

Discover an oasis of wildlife in the heart of the Forest of Dean, near Coleford

Made up of a beautiful mature oak woodland, Nagshead Nature Reserve plays host to a variety of bird species, making it the perfect day out for any wildlife enthusiasts throughout the year. See if you can spot pied flycatchers in the spring, woodpeckers in summer, nuthatches in autumn and goshawks over winter! 

The Nature Reserve has two wildlife hides as well as two waymarked trails which can all be found near the visitor centre. A daily bulletin board lets you know which species of birds may be seen in the locality.

The Nature Reserve is a joint project in partnership with the RSPB. 

At a glance 

  • 2 walking trails 
  • 2 wildlife hides 
  • Picnic area 


Things to do

There are two waymarked nature trails to choose from at Nature Reserve Nature Trails. Both trails start and finish at the car park. 

You are welcome to walk other woodland paths and tracks on the reserve but you are advised to use a local Ordnance Survey map.

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at Nagshead Nature Reserve. Just bring along good food and company!

Picnic tables are located by the visitor centre. 

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

Nearby forests

Leaves against blue sky

Darkhill Ironworks, and the neighbouring Titanic Steelworks, are internationally important industrial remains associated with the development of the iron and steel industries. The world's first tungsten steel were produced here, with the ironworks dating back to 1811 and the brickworks being established some time before 1818. The complex of tramway, brickworks and ironworks lie on a series of terraces above one another on the hillside, resulting in a fascinating landscape to visit.

The Roll of Honour Sculpture at New Fancy, Forest of Dean

Formerly the site of the New Fancy coal mine, come and see the spectacular views that the old spoil heap now provides. The viewpoint is an ideal place to watch birds of prey soaring above the woodland.

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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.

Lakeside view at Mallards Pike

There is something for everyone at this beautiful lakeside setting.

Adrenaline seekers can challenge themselves at Go Ape Tree Top Challenge. For those with energy left to burn there is Forest Segway or a range of running trails from 2km to 10km routes.

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