Explore the Forest of Dean

This ancient forest has changed many times over the centuries. In medieval times it was a royal hunting forest, before becoming a source of timber for the navy's Tudor warships. By Victorian times it was a major site of industry, with coal mining and tramways punctuating the landscape.

Today the forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and a great place to explore. See if you can find the hidden remains of industry as you enjoy this wild and beautiful forest.

These are our main visitors sites in the Forest of Dean:

Beechenhurst - the best place to start your family forest adventure! 

Symonds Yat Rock - stunning views over the River Wye and beyond. 

Cannop Cycle Centre - trails for all ages and abilities, bike hire available on site.

Mallards Pike Lake - a scenic spot with a variety of activities on offer for you to enjoy.

Wenchford - popular picnic site beside the Blackpool Brook.  

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