Updated guidance, 11th May 2020:
In England: Restrictions on travelling for exercise and the lengths of time people can exercise within England have been removed. That means that you can now travel unlimited distances - only with people in your own household - and stay outside as long as you want.
If you are going to travel to the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley (within England) please do so with caution, common sense and consideration for the people who live here. They want to be able to walk in their local area in safety too. No one wants to see crowds here and we are all concerned about what the sudden lifting of restrictions is going to mean especially with the current lovely weather. Please adhere to social distancing, follow official guidance and be prepared to turn around if the car parks look busy and come another time. Do not park on verges where it is not safe to exit the car, do not block entrances which may be needed for forestry work or emergencies and please do not cycle other than on the dedicated cycle tracks. If you are walking on a cycle track please keep your dog on a lead and watch out for cyclists coming up behind you quickly.
Spring is also a crucial time for our wildlife and there will be many nests including ground nesting birds, adders and baby animals especially at wildlife reserves and deep in the forest. If you are walking a dog please be particularly cautious, the wildlife have had two months of peace and space and won't be used to seeing lots of people.
Thank you and we look forward to being able to welcome you back here again once it's appropriate to do so.
New government guidance on travelling to exercise is here. Forestry England will announce what car parks in the Forest of Dean will reopen and when here please check before you travel. The RSPB will announce reopening of the car parks at their two Forest of Dean reserves Nagshead and Highnam Woods here. Please use caution as before and follow the official guidance here when outside your home. If a car park looks busy when you arrive please be prepared to turn around and go home. Please take all of your rubbish home with you. See here for the pubs and cafes providing takeaway services. The Countryside Code is here.
In Wales: there is no change to restrictions so please do not travel to Wales. The same is stated in this update on 29th May 2020.
Ways you can continue to support our local businesses:
We've put together an online gift guide here featuring all of our businesses which sell products online including food and drink, arts and crafts, and gift vouchers which are a great way to pay it forwards and keep supporting our businesses during this difficult time.
We've also put together a list of businesses providing takeaway and delivery services during this time here. Some are providing hampers and picnic baskets too.
See other ways you can support our local businesses during this difficult time here.
In light of recent announcements, our message to those who of you who were planning a visit to the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is please #StayAtHome. And, for those of you who were looking forward to a visit in the future, please keep us in your plans, just be prepared to visit us a bit later. Use this time for researching your trip to make it even better. We will keep our social media channels and our website full of inspirational images, ideas for activities and places to stay for your next adventure to the #DeanWye. We are not going anywhere and neither should you, for the time being anyway.
As a destination we are committed to responsible tourism and want to do everything in our power to ensure the health and safety of all visitors. Please follow official advice and see below for further information about the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Our brilliant businesses are taking the time to get ready to give you a pretty big welcome when the time is right.
From all at Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tourism.
- If you show any symptoms or have been around anyone with symptoms the guidance is to self-isolate, so please do not travel. NHS symptom checker.
- Some hospitality businesses are modifying their offering where possible such as providing a takeaway or delivery service however all are closed to other business.
- Some shops are open in line with current guidelines. Please check direct with the business - their website and social media accounts are the best place to do that.
- If you already have a booking of any kind please contact the business directly. Please consider modifying your booking to a later date instead of cancelling. #DontCancelModify
- Where possible please support our local businesses by buying gift vouchers or experiences or using their online shop.
- See other ways to support our business here.
- Walking in open spaces can be carried out as long as you are not showing any symptoms and are not self-isolating but please only use your local spaces (do not travel long distances) and do not walk in groups or where you see too many other people. Please always follow official guidance.
- Our What's On page may list events which have been cancelled. We will try to update it as best we can but please do check the event's official website before travelling.
- Some of our accommodation providers have offered their empty properties to key workers or those self-isolating. Please understand that just because you see people using these at this time does not mean that they are on holiday.
- If you are a local business see our key links information on local business support and guidance here.
We are all hopeful that the forecasted 12 week lockdown will not continue further. We will update this page regularly with any new information. Please bear with us in these unprecedented times.
Find the latest information about the coronavirus on the official UK government website here.
The UK’s national tourism agency, Visit Britain has compiled additional advice and information for visitors here.
Last updated: 22nd May 2020.