The Forestry Commission look after the Forest of Dean for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a mountain biker or a lover of nature, a great day out awaits...
35 Square miles of beautiful woodland to enjoy & explore. Walk, run, cycle, horseride. To enjoy a range of outdoor activities, see the Forestry Commission's web-site: www.forestry.gov.uk/forestofdean
This ancient forest has changed many times over the centuries. In medieval times it was a royal hunting forest, before becoming a source of timber for the navy's Tudor warships. By Victorian times it was a major site of industry, with coal mining and tramways punctuating the landscape.
Today the forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and a great place to explore. See if you can find the hidden remains of industry as you enjoy this wild and beautiful forest.
The forest has four main visitor sites, as highlighted below, but many more places to visit.
Walk through the Iron Age fort to find stunning views over the River Wye and beyond. Can you spot the birds of prey?
We’ve got trails for everyone, so bring your bike or hire one from the shop. Explore the forest then refuel in the cafe.
The best place to start your forest adventure! Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, shop and climbing tower. Come along and try the new Sky Rainforest Rescue trail!
Enjoy a walk and a picnic by the lake, swing onto the Go Ape high-ropes course or explore the forest on an all-terrain segway!
Pay and Display car parking at each site. To save money and directly support your Forest purchase a Forest of Dean Discovery Pass for a whole year of FREE parking and other offers purchase from Beechenhurst Lodge, Cannop Cycle Centre, Symonds Yat Cafe or the Forestry Commission Offices in Coleford.