Sights of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Discover our Sights of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

You don't need to spend money to have fun!  Find one of the many viewpoints overlooking the Wye to take the best pictures.  Take your tea to a picnic site in the heart of the Forest.  Learn about our history and heritage or simply walk and enjoy nature.


Wenchford

Woodland walks, picnic and permanent BBQ facilities are available and free to use

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Cinderford


New Fancy

Formerly the site of the New Fancy coal mine, the old spoil heap now provides spectacular views across the Forest

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Cinderford


Beechenhurst Lodge Vistor Centre

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest, and is a great place to start your adventure. Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, shop and climbing tower.

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Coleford


Mallards Pike

Beautiful lake in the Forest of Dean, popular for walking, with lots of picnic benches, nearby cycle paths and a cafe and toilets on site

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Parkend


Cyril Hart Arboretum

An arboretum full of unusual and interesting trees in the heart of the Forest of Dean

Natural World in or near Cinderford


Symonds Yat Rock

Internationally renowned viewpoint with fantastic views over the Wye Valley

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Coleford


Nagshead Nature Reserve

RSPB reserve managed in partnership with the Forestry Commission

Natural World in or near Parkend


Cannop Ponds

Picturesque ponds, home to lots of wildlife. Great picnic area and central for walks and cycle paths.

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Coleford


The Severn Bore

One of Britain's few truly spectacular natural phenomena, this large surge wave that can be seen / surfed in the estuary of the River Severn, where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the world.

Natural World in or near Westbury-on-Severn


Newent Lake Park

Large picturesque lake in the centre of town

Natural World in or near Newent


May Hill

May Hill is one of the most familiar landmarks for many miles around, with its near circular mound and crowning clump of trees.

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Longhope


Mitcheldean Church - St Michaels & All Angels

History and Heritage in or near Mitcheldean