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The village, with its rich industrial history, occupies the steep sided valley close to the Rive Wye. It is an ideal based for walking cycling and enjoying the river.

Towns and Villages in or near Lydbrook


Lydbrook is jokingly known as 'three miles long and three yards wide'. The village, with its rich industrial history, occupies the steep sided valley of the Great Hough Brook, a tributary of the Wye. At one time the valley bottom was alive with industry, collieries, tin plate works, chemical works and forges. Now largely residential, the Forest is reclaiming the once bare hillsides and the village offers the walker some spectacular views from the steep slopes.

Upper and Lower Lydbrook were once major producers of pig iron, rivals even for Sheffield, and when the extraction of iron ore and coal was at its height their position on the northwest edge of the Forest made them ideally situated for the processing of the ore. The first commercially viable blast furnace in the area was sited here at the beginning of the 17th Century.

For several centuries, flat bottomed barges were loaded at Lower Lydbrook with coal bound for Hereford, 25 miles upstream; this river trade continued until the 1840's, when it was superseded, first by the Gloucester-Hereford Canal and then by the Severn and Wye Railway.

As with many mining communities there were a large number of pubs in the past and there are still 3 today with more in the surrounding villages. Besides its pubs, Lydbrook has a very good local shop, fish and chip shop and church.

'The Old House', which dates from the 15th century was at one time home to the famous actress Sarah Siddons. The village maintains an attractive area known locally as 'The Tump' located on the banks of the Wye which is a popular launching point for canoeists and rafters and is an ideal setting for a picnic.  The church of the Holy Jesus is an impressive stone built Victorian structure.

Lydbrook is an ideal location for outdoor pursuits and is very close to Beechenhurst at the heart of the Forest and also the Symonds Yat viewpoint. The cycle path runs through the village and there are many good walks. During the summer the river is a hive of activity as it is one of the favourite locations for canoeing.

It is 4 miles from Coleford and Cinderford and only 7 from Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth.  Nearby villages include Ruardean, Brierley and English Bicknor.




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Situated along the River Wye, the village can be accessed by the B4234, just off the A4136, Huntley to Monmouth road.

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  • Coleford
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  • Ross-on-Wye