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Leaf Peeping with Reduced Mobility
For those with reduced mobility, Leaf Peeping can be enjoyed without ever leaving the car along the 50 mile drive that passes through the varied and changing autumn scenery. Hotspots such as the Cyril Hart Arboretum and Mallards Pike have good wheelchair access, and the region is now even more accessible with the introduction of all-terrain electric wheelchairs that are available to hire from various sites in the Forest of Dean as part of the Walking with Wheels project, find out more here.
Gloucester has a mainline train station with direct links to London, Manchester, Cardiff and other UK cities. Regular buses can be caught from Gloucester into the heart of the forest and connected to routes that pass near Leaf Peeping hotspots, such as Cyril Hart Arboretum and Beechenhurst. There is also a service running to Ross-on-Wye to connect with services running through the Wye Valley and leaf peep from the banks of the river.
Lydney is on the edge of the Forest of Dean with a train station which is a 20 minute walk away from a bus station with services running into the forest. Lydney also has a heritage railway line where it is possible to leaf peep from the comfort of the carriage on a steam train. It is a 15-minute journey from Lydney along 4.5 miles of track in to the heart of the forest at Parkend. Alternatively, enjoy the full 1.5 hour round journey without ever leaving the carriage. Find out more at www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Chepstow is a town at the mouth of the River Wye with a train station and a regular bus service running from Chepstow down to Tintern, one of our Leaf Peeping hotspots, and alongside the meandering Wye to the town of Monmouth.
To find out more about the public transport links in the region and to access local bus times head to our travel page here.