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Things to do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

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The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is home to a great range of attractions - some man-made, some completely natural but all of them well worth a visit. You may wish to discover the area's history, or enjoy a stroll around a nature reserve.

There’s an array of family oriented attractions where you can all have fun, relax or enjoy some animal magic. On rainy days there’s also plenty to do from museums to caves or how about spending some time riding a steam train through the forest or taking a cruise down the River Wye.

There really is no shortage of ideas for things to see and do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.

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Walking in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Walking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the area for both visitors and residents.

Activity in or near Coleford

Way2go Adventures

Get Up, Get Out, Get Active. Guided Canoe or Kayak the River Wye. Sea Kayaking, Raft Building, Nordic Walking, and BCU Courses. Families, Stag/Hen parties, Schools/Youth group and corporate events.

Activity in or near Symonds Yat

Dean Forest Railway

A 8.5 mile trip through the medieval forest to Parkend with steam and some heritage diesel train services. Free parking, cafeteria, museum and gift shop at Norchard station. Pay once - ride all day!

Attraction in or near Lydney

Yeehaa Outdoor Pursuits and Survival School

Family run outdoor provider, working mainly in the Forest of Dean. Over 30 years experience. Learn some new skills and have fun! Yurt accommodation also available.

Activity in or near Newent

Taurus Crafts

Vibrant art and craft centre with art studios. Craft units. Working pottery. Design led gift shop. Organic delicatessen. Licensed wholefood restaurant. Function room. Programme of activities & art exhibitions.

Activity in or near Lydney

Symonds Yat Canoe Hire Ltd

Hire single kayaks 2/3/4 person. Canadian canoes & transport up river. Hourly/Half day/Full day. Longer trips also available.

Activity in or near Symonds Yat

DBC Leisure

Clay shooting, air rifle, archery tuition with friendly, experienced instructors; beginners, stag/hen parties, corporate events, & private shooting parties. On-site catering.

Activity in or near St Briavels

Forest Adventure

Our activities provide a base for promoting Self-esteem, Co-operation & Teamwork with experienced instructors. Rock activities, Canoe & Kayak river adventures. Cave & overnight cave experience. Archery, Mountain biking, Bivuac weekends and more.

Activity in or near Coleford

Perrygrove Railway & Treetop Adventure

Unique railway to four stations with walks through beautiful woodland. Tickets last all day - enjoy as many train rides as you like! Indoor Village with Secret Passages and exciting Treasure Hunt! Cafe available. Picnics welcome.

Attraction in or near Coleford

Forest Bushcraft

Learn bushcraft in the beautiful scenery and historic landscape of the Royal Forest of Dean. We teach all aspects of bushcraft including firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter building, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, and many other skills used by our ancestors.

Activity in or near Coleford

Inspire2Adventure

Inspire2adventure offer outdoor adventure activities including gorge scrambling, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing & abseiling, hill walking, and orienteering. Half, full or multi-day activities.

Activity in or near Ross-on-Wye

Westons Cider

For a great family day out come to Westons Cider Mill Visitor Centre, join a tour, sample our ciders or local apple juice and perhaps have tea and a cake or a lovely lunch.

Attraction in or near Ross-on-Wye

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