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

Opening hours

Speech House Woods is open from dawn to dusk.

How to find us

How to find us

Speech House Woods is located approximately two miles east of Cannop.

Speech House Road, Cinderford, Forest of Dean
Sat Nav Postcode: GL16 7EL
By Car

On the B4226 Cinderford to Coleford road, 500m from the Speech House to the north of the road.

OS Grid Ref
SO624125

51.809862, -2.5467831

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Speech House Woods.

Parking overnight is not permitted

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

Facilities and access

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed

Contact details

Landline Number
0300 067 4800

Discover the history of Speech House Woods, near Cannop

Visit Speech House Woodland, which is situated close to the most famous building in the Forest of Dean - The Speech House. 

The Speech House was built in 1676 by the King as a "court" where local people could have their say. Regular verderers meetings are still held here to discuss the management of the vert and venison.

There are links to the Forest of Dean sculpture trail and Woorgreens Nature Reserve from the car park.

To help plan your visit you can download our walking trail map for nearby Beechenhurst.

 

At a glance

  • Walking trails
  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

Walking in the woodland is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Speech House Woods has a range of paths that run through the woodland. 

Plan your visit by downloading the trail map for nearby Beechenhurst

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.

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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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.

Cafe at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the Forest of Dean, one of Britain's oldest and largest woodlands.

It is the ideal place for families to start their forest adventure, with a family activity trail, Sculpture Trail, play area and Go Ape Tree Top Adventure. You can even bring your bikes and access the wider forest on our Family Cycle Trail. 

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