Know Before You Go: Our Guide to Visiting Responsibly
The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley loves considerate visitors. Here’s how to get the most out of your visit and protect yourself and others against COVID-19:
Be aware that not all businesses may be open. Plan your trip and check before turning up, check opening times, how you need to pay, whether you need to book in advance and any restrictions. Your preferred place to visit may be too busy to visit safely – so always have a second and even third option.
Check in advance that your chosen car park is open and how you will need to pay. Have a back up as it may be busy. Park only in designated car parks and do not block emergency access routes – you never know when you might need them.
RESPECT THE RULES
Each business will have its own set-up to enable you to visit. Please take the time to read all of the posters and signage at each location you visit. Rules may vary in England and Wales.
FIRES & BBQs
Do not light fires or use disposable BBQs. Wild camping is not allowed (including campervans). We have lots of lovely accommodation available including campsites on our website.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Ensure you maintain social distancing rules at all times – even when in the outdoors on forest tracks and cycle ways. Rules may vary in England and Wales. Bring your own hand sanitiser and use regularly, places may run out. Wear a face covering on all public transport.
REFRESHMENTS, FOOD & TOILETS
Plan ahead so you know where your nearest toilet can be found (not the forest please!). Check you have appropriate payment, some places may be contactless only and others cash only. Please take all rubbish home with you.
BE PATIENT & RESPECTFUL
This is new for all of us. Our businesses have been working hard to be able to welcome you back but they will have to reduce their capacity due to social distancing so will become full quicker. Please be patient, respect staff, plan ahead and go somewhere different if queues are long.
FOLLOW THE COUNTRYSIDE CODE
Shut gates, respect wildlife, keep dogs on leads near livestock and wild animals and keep to the footpaths.