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English Bicknor

One of the ancient villages of the Forest of Dean, situated at the top of a hill overlooking the Wye Valley. It has an interesting church and the remains of a motte and bailey castle.

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Situated on the westerly edge of the Forest of Dean and lying within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, the village of English Bicknor is steeped in the history of this fascinating area and offer the residents and visitors a vast range of activities and landscapes.

The river Wye separates English Bicknor in Gloucestershire from Welsh Bicknor which is now in Herefordshire. The name ‘Bicknor‘ may mean ‘Bica’s Ridge’ or just that the settlements are ‘over and above the river’

Part of the parish is owned and managed by the Forestry Commission and there are way marked paths through the woodland. From time to time timber is felled and the thinned or cleared spaces soon attract wild life and flowers. In May many parts are carpeted with bluebells.

The Church of St Mary, high above the Wye Valley, boasts some intriguing 14th Century stone figures of females, one of them holding a round object that is thought by some to be a heart, by others an egg. Just by the church can be seen the earthworks of a Norman motte and bailey castle.

Welsh Bicknor is on the other side of the Wye and very close to Lydbrook.


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English Bcknor
GL16 7PG
O/S Ref: SO 5815

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Situated 3 miles from the A4136, Mitcheldean to Monmouth road.

  • Coleford
  • Lydbrook
  • Symonds Yat