Due to an outbreak of Crayfish Plague in the watercourses in and around Soudley Ponds. Please do not allow dogs to enter the water and take note of on site signage.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Contact details

Opening hours

Soudley Ponds offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year. 

How to find us

How to find us
12 Church Rd, Soudley, Cinderford
Sat Nav Postcode: GL14 2UA
By Car

From the B4226 Cinderford to Coleford road, take the minor road through Ruspidge to Soudley (signposted to the Dean Heritage Centre). In the village of Soudley take the minor road to Littledean, finding the Soudley Ponds car park after 3/4 of a mile on your right hand side.

OS Grid Ref
SO668114

51.793222324454, -2.4913644790649

Parking and prices

There are car park's located to the north and south of the pond. 

Limited parking available. There are no parking charges at Soudley Ponds. 

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?

Contact details

Visit this stunning wildlife haven in the Forest of Dean

Surrounded by impressive Douglas fir trees, immerse yourself in the stunning landscape of Soudley Ponds. 

There are a range of surfaced pond-side paths or for those wanting more of a challenge, a steep walk up the ridge will be rewarded with beautiful views over the River Severn. 

Soudley fishing syndicate lease the lower pond for fly fishing, the other ponds are nature reserves.

At a glance

  • Walking trails 
  • Stunning views 
  • Private fishing 

Things to do

The pond-side paths are surfaced and start from both the north and south car park. Bridges allow access between the ponds (please do not let children play in or around the spillways as they can be dangerous). 

A steep walk up the ridge takes you to the Blaize Bailey viewpoint overlooking the River Severn.

Nearby forests

Family walking through autumnal forest

Wenchford is a beautiful spot nestled deep within the forest with plenty of picnic tables and an easy access path

Blackpool Brook trickles through the site under the dappled shade of the large oak trees. The paddling area is the perfect place to cool down in the hot summer months.

The toilet facilities are open from April until the end of October. Parking charges only apply during this time.  

walkers enjoying a walk around a woodland lake in autumn

This beautiful setting is a great place to get active. 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.

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.

Trees in mist

Established in 1915 with trees brought back by the Victorian plant hunter Ernest Wilson from his 1910 explorations of China, The Cyril Hart Arboretum is home to over 200 tree species. 

Originally known as the Speech House Arboretum, it was later renamed the Cyril Hart Arboretum after Dr Cyril Hart who dedicated a lifetime of service to forestry and was a Senior Verderer (1952 – 2009) of the Forest of Dean.

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