The magic and mystery of the Forest
One of England’s last ancient forests, we’re a haven for the restless and the rest-loving, full of freedom and inspiration with activities to suit everyone. One of the most inspiring locations in the world. The area has influenced a generation of writers and poets with its enchanting history, magical forests and pretty villages.
The area is alive with natural contrasts, trees of all species and ages, streams, ponds, rivers, glades and faded industrial remains that burst with wildlife. Safe in the hands of the Forestry Commission, who sensitively manage conservation and recreation.
Much is hidden beneath the forest canopy, so explore and find a personal wilderness to discover and enjoy. For those who prefer life at a slower pace we are nature's lounge, a place to unwind and relax.
The four-mile Sculpture Trail is one of the UK's first and features 16 works created by artists commissioned to interpret the Forest environment and the history of its landscape. The sculptures are installed within the woodland, so seek out the blue ring posts that will help you to navigate the trail.
Locals have explored the depths of Clearwell Caves for 4,000 years, but today's visitors can transport themselves to a vast underground labyrinth of passageways, caverns and rock faces once rich in iron and now home to mysterious minerals, flora and fauna.
Castles, cathedrals and stately homes provide evocative backdrops throughout the region. Switch off your satnav and get lost, it will lead to all kinds of fun. Enjoy wandering through the ancient paths, twisted roots and mossy rocks in Puzzlewood, find the surprise at the centre of Elton's Giant Maze or the aMazing Hedge Puzzle.
We are a destination for all seasons: spring heralds a carpet of bluebells and daffodils; summer is ideal for picnics of delicious local produce; bask in a blaze of glorious autumnal colours; or relax by a roaring fire to reflect on the stark beauty of winter.
When you’re ready to relax after your adventures, stay a while and check in to one of our hotels, guesthouses, self-catering cottages, lodges and rustic or glamorous campsites.