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Forestry England

We look after the Forest for everyone...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 on foot boke or horse.

Attraction in or near Coleford


Description

Forestry England 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 our web-site.

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.

Symonds Yat Rock

Discover the ancient hill fort, spot birds of prey and enjoy a snack from the log cabin cafe.

There are waymarked trails linking to the River Wye and a choice of circular walks into the forest itself.

Cannop Cycle Centre

Cannop Cycle Centre has something for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Try the Family Cycle Trail or test yourself on the singletrack trails and demanding downhill runs.  

Bikes can be hired and you can also enjoy the cafe and shop after your ride.  

Beechenhurst 

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the Forest of Dean, one of Britain's oldest and largest woodlands. Come and enjoy the sculpture trail, fun play area, cafe, climbing tower and Tree Top Junior. 

Mallards Pike Lake

This beautiful setting is a great place to get active, whether this be a gentle stroll around the lake or to have an adventure in the tree tops with Go Ape. Mallards Pike café is ideally situated to appreciate the surroundings over a cup of coffee.

 

 

 


Opening Times

Seasonal opening hours of each site are displayed at the car park entrance.


Features

  • Adventure
  • Attraction
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Bushcraft
  • Children welcome
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Disabled toilets
  • Dog Friendly
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Group Activities
  • Nature
  • Off-Road Parking
  • On-site catering or Cafe
  • Walking

Location

Bank House
Coleford
Gloucestershire
GL16 8BA
O/S Ref: SO 575 108

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The Forestry England Offices are situated in the centre of Coleford. 

  • Cinderford
  • Cinderford
  • Coleford
  • Parkend
  • Parkend
  • Symonds Yat
  • Symonds Yat

Associated Businesses


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


Cyril Hart Arboretum

Natural World in or near Cinderford


Nagshead Nature Reserve

RSPB reserve managed in partnership with the Forestry Commission

Natural World in or near Parkend


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


Wenchford

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

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


Symonds Yat Rock

Internationally renowned viewpoint with fantastic views over the Wye Valley

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Coleford


Mallards Pike

Popular attraction for walking, cycling and other adventure activities

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Parkend