Stunning views of both the Wye and the Severn Valleys can be obtained from some of the higher points. If just want to sit and absorb the countryside there are many picnic sites in the Forest and near the rivers.
A circular tour of the central forest area visiting the principle points of interest
Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Cinderford
Chepstow Park is a large block of woodland with both mature broadleaf and conifer species
Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Tintern
When Admiral Lord Nelson visited the site in 1802 he described it as one of the most beautiful places he had ever seen.
Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Monmouth
May Hill is the most familiar landmark for many miles around, with its near circular mound and the crowning clump of trees.
Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Newent