Travel to and around the area
Close to Birmingham and Bristol, straddling the England Wales border a delightful area waiting to be explored that covers parts of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.
How to get here
Within easy access of the M4, M48, M5 and M50 motorways, as well as many other major roads.
Distances to the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean:
- Birmingham - 72miles/122km - 1 1/2 hrs
- Bristol - 33miles/54km - 1hr
- Cardiff - 43miles/70km - 1hr
- London - 140miles/226km - 3hrs
- Manchester - 156miles/252km - 3hrs
By Coach and Bus
National Express operates nationwide coach services to and from Newent, Chepstow, Gloucester, Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. For further details, visit www.nationalexpress.co.uk or call 0871 781 8181. The National Express Disabled Persons Travel Helpline can be contacted on 0121 423 8479. A textphone is provided for customers who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call 0121 455 0086.
The closest railway stations are Abergavenny, Chepstow, Gloucester and Lydney.
For further information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 48 49 50; alternatively see Trainline. For visitors with specific needs, contact: Arriva Trains on 03333 211202 or visit www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk.
Birmingham International, Bristol International and Cardiff International Airports all handle flights into the region from across the UK, Europe and the USA and are all located within a 90 minute driving distance.
For flight information:
- Birmingham Tel: 0871 222 0072 www.bhx.co.uk
- Bristol Tel: 0871 334 4444 www.bristolairport.co.uk
- Cardiff Tel: 01446 711111 www.cardiff-airport.com
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Getting Around the Forest of Dean
There are a number of places locally where a bike can be hired.
- Buses in The Forest of Dean
- Buses in Monmouthsire
- Buses in Herefordshire
- Using buses in Chepstow and the Lower Wye Valley
Heritage steam and diesel services run through the Forest between Lydney, Whitecroft and Parkend. For details, call Dean Forest Railway on their 24 hour Information Line: 01594 843423 or visit: www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Getting around the area by car is easy. There are car parks within the all main town with varying charges, plus there is a parking fee at some of the Forestry Commission sites including Symonds Yat Rock, Beechenhurst and Mallards Pike, and the parking tickets can be transferred from site to site.
The Forestry Commission Discovery Pass, is an annual parking pass that enables you to discover, experience and enjoy more of the Forest plus it give discounts at some of the main attractions, on accommodation at Forest Hilidays and on some outdoor clothing. Further details.
Dial a Ride
A registered charity providing a friendly door-to-door transport service for those people who do not have their own transport and are unable to use public transport. Call 01594 843809 or 844558. www.lydneydialaride.co.uk