Towns & Villages in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Discover our Towns & Villages

Our historic towns and villages are one of things that make exploring a new area a delight. From the independent specialist shops to the monuments, important buildings and ancient churches plus all the great cafes and pubs to the interesting walks, cycle routes and days out, there is something for all tastes to be found.

If you're staying nearby you may want to stock up on provisions from one of the delis or farm shops, pick up some souvenirs or local produce, pop into a tourist information or enjoy a meal out. Click on any of the towns or villages for more information or browse the map to see where they are located.

Take your time and explore the old mining towns of the Forest of Dean, the castle towns of Monmouthshire or the market towns of Herefordshire. Even better find a great pub and have a long lunch!

Download a copy of our market towns trail here.


Lydney - Gateway to the Forest

A historic market town on the Southern edge of the Forest of Dean. Called the 'Gateway to the Forest' the town offers a great place to visit and explore, with a range of shops and attractions.

Towns and Villages in or near Lydney


Newnham-on-Severn

A small village on the banks of the River Severn with walks, views and is one of the best spots to view the Severn Bore

Towns and Villages in or near Newnham


Whitecroft

A traditional Forest village with woodland walks, two pubs and a Dean Forest Railway station

Towns and Villages in or near Lydney


Parkend

Once an industrial centre, the village is now a peaceful backwater surrounded by woodlands and is an ideal base for exploring the Forest on foot or cycle.

Towns and Villages in or near Parkend


Awre

Listed in the Domesday Book, Awre has had its character moulded over the years by winds and tides of the River Severn

Towns and Villages in or near Lydney


Alvington

Village between Lydney and Chepstow

Towns and Villages in or near Lydney


St Briavels

Small but interesting village with a former royal castle, now a youth hostel. Set high above the Wye Valley there are good views into the Forest and to Wales in the distance.

Towns and Villages in or near St Briavels


Bream

Former mining villages with great views over the Forest from the war memorial

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Soudley

A small but thriving village with a series of ponds which are a haven to wildlife

Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford