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Soudley Ponds

A haven for wildlife and the surrounding paths are suitable for the less able and wheelchair users

Natural World in or near Cinderford


Surrounded by impressive Douglas fir trees as well as mature woodland, with a range of flora and fauna including bluebells in spring, Soudley Ponds has a range of surfaced pond-side paths or for those wanting more of a challenge, a steep walk up the ridge will be rewarded with beautiful views over the River Severn.

The ponds are a haven for wildlife: Dragonflies are often seen skitting across the water, there are squirrels, many birds including the occasional kingfisher, deer including muntjac, fallow and roe and boar.

The circular path around the ponds is suitable for the less able and wheelchair users. A steep walk up the ridge takes you to the Blaize Bailey viewpoint overlooking the River Severn.

The ponds are opposite the Dean Heritage Centre and on the edge of the village of Soudley.

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  • Natural World
  • Sights
  • Wheelchair access


GL14 2TU
O/S Ref: SO 668114

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From the B4226 Cinderford to Coleford road, take the minor road through Ruspidge to Soudley (signposted to the Dean Heritage Centre). In the village of Soudley take the minor road to Littledean, finding the Soudley Ponds car park after 3/4 of a mile on your right hand side.

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