Welcome to the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Discover the perfect spring holiday destination of the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty that borders England and South Wales across the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.
For adventure-seekers, we have mountain-biking, treetop zipwires, kayaking and much more. For a more relaxed experience, we have walking, enjoying the flora and fauna, visiting castles, museums and cathedrals. Cycling tracks abound for families of all ages.
Whether looking for a camping holiday, a cosy cottage, a log cabin amongst the trees, a friendly hotel or B&B, there's plenty of accommodation to choose from.
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Walk, hike or trek amidst beautiful and unspoilt countryside than the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.
Here are a few ideas of things that you can do during your visit.
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The area has lots of beautiful walks and super places to eat and shop. What more could we ask for? The standard of our accommodation was truly 5*. Thank you for your warm welcome. –Linda and Steve Slawinska ,Val and Syd East, Wolverhampton, November 2011
What a great place to camp, with almost instance access to lots of lovely forest paths. I especially love the forest at night, listening to the owls calling to each other. It's clichéd - but true - to say that there really is a 'timeless' atmosphere in the forest. I certainly lost all track of time; it's just so relaxing!–Helen Werin - Travel Writer
We discovered the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean after a TV documentary on the River Wye. Little did we know that we would fall in love with the region and return time and again. A little piece of heaven .....–Lee and Lizzie Plummer, Allington, Kent
The Forest of Dean has so much to offer....we cycled adventurous trails at the mountain biking centre, walked through the woods and watched the climbers and canoeist at Yat Rock. The dogs loved it, we loved it, we’ll definitely be back.–Steve and Bryony Gittens
The Forest of Dean was great fun, from cycling along the old railway to exploring the forest roads with their uprooted grass verges left by the wild boar. Relaxing with dinner and drinks at the Saracen's Head and watching the old hand ferry bringing customers to and from the pub was a particular highlight!–Luke and Melissa Cadman, Dubai
We absolutely loved the Wye Valley. We were there just as the colours were turning for autumn. The cottage was brilliantly located and we walked miles along the riverbank and had a go at canoeing which was huge fun. We saw deer and so many birds. Our favourite visits were Tintern Abbey and Big Pit with the quirky Nelson Museum in Monmouth a good runner up. Local beer and wine both made in Tintern made our evenings complete. We will be back.–The Johnstons and dogs, West Midlands
Lovely area! 3 Castles makes a good day out! Far too much to see on one visit. We will have to come again.–Harness family, Isle of Man, Sept 2012
After many years of travelling here on short breaks, my wife and I can't wait for my retirement to come and settle down for good and live amongst the beauty of the wonderful area.–Mark and Clare Wigston
We have had a wonderful week of unbroken sunshine. We really didn't think it was possible this summer! We've had such fun enjoying the local walks, especially the circular route past the ruined chapel to Fairoak and back down the Angiddy Valley and the steep climb to the Devils Pulpit. Other highlights include Symonds Yat and the Kymin. We loved having the tawny Owls calling to each other each night and the buzzards mewing during the day!–The Cave family, Durham 2012