Lydney Estate Spring Gardens

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A host of golden daffodils

I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;

Wordsworth was not writing about the Forest of Dean when in 1804 he wrote perhaps his most famout poem, but he could have been. The area around Dymock, on the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire borders is famed for its wild daffodils that can be seen at the end of March.  Once a common sight throughout Gloucesteshire, and its county flower, these small blooms are now found mainly in the "golden triangle", near the villages of Dymock, Kempley and Oxenhall. Each year theses villages organise a festivals, including guided walks to see the flowers and teas in the village halls .

If you want to explore the woods and meadows yourself, try these walk.

You can also download the Daffodil Way ap for android phones with a GPS map showing the best sites.

Other sites for daffodils

During the season it is well worth drivng through the Severnside village of Newnham which always has a good display and visiting Lydney Spring Gardens.