Travel to and around the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley
Close to Birmingham and Bristol, straddling the England-Wales border, the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is a delightful area waiting to be explored that covers parts of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.
Within easy access of the M4, M48, M5 and M50 motorways, as well as many other major roads.
Average distances to the centre of the 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, Ledbury, 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
There are a number of places locally where a bike can be hired and there is information in cycling routes throughout our area.
Heritage steam and diesel services run through the Forest between Lydney, Norchard, Whitecroft and Parkend. For details visit: www.deanforestrailway.co.uk or call Dean Forest Railway on 01594 843423. For a car free holiday why not consider catching the train to Lydney and then taking the heritage railway into the Forest of Dean?
Getting around the area by car is easy. There are many free car parks at good walking locations. Your holiday accommodation will also recommend parking spots for you. There are car parks within the all main towns with varying charges, plus there is a parking fee* at some of the Forestry England sites including Symonds Yat Rock, Beechenhurst and Mallards Pike, and the parking tickets can be transferred from site to site.
*The Forestry England Discovery Pass is an annual parking pass that enables you to discover, experience and enjoy more of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley plus it gives discounts at some of the main attractions, on accommodation at Forest Holidays and on some outdoor clothing. Further details.
We recommend local taxi company CDS Taxis however please do be aware that because of our rural nature taxis must be booked in advance.
On a Tour
You can also book a tour with the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour Guides with coach tours and walking tours available.