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Where is the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean?

Located at the top of the South West region of England, under Birmingham, above Bristol and next to Wales, almost completely surrounded by the rivers Severn and Wye the area is nearly an island in itself and it covers the three counties of Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire.

How to get here

By Car
Within easy access of the M4, M48, M5 and M50 motorways, as well as many other major roads.
Distances to the Forest of Dean adn Wye Valley:

Birmingham - 72miles/122km - 1 1/2 hrs
Bristol - 33miles/54km - 1hr
Cardiff - 43miles/70km - 1hr
London - 140miles/226km - 3hrs
Manchester - 156miles/252km - 3hrs

Car sharing is a cost effective way of getting about that also helps to reduce the number of cars on the roads. If you are looking for an alternative means of getting here, visit the Sewtacarshare website to discover the benefits of car sharing.

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 or call 08705 808080.
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.
By Rail
The closest railway stations are Abergavenny, Chepstow, Gloucester and Lydney.
For further information visit or call 08457 484950.
For visitors with specific needs, contact: Arriva Trains on 0870 9000 0773 or visit:
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By Air
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: 0121 767 5511
Bristol Tel: 0870 1212 747
Cardiff Tel: 01446 711111

Clear signs near Clearwell

Getting Around the Forest of Dean

By Bicycle
There are a number of places locally where a bike can be hired.
By Bus
By Train
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:
By Car
Getting around the Forest of Dean by car is quite easy. There are car parks within the main town centres of Cinderford, Coleford, Lydney and Newent, plus there is a £3.50 daily parking fee at some of the Forestry Commission sites including Symonds Yat Rock, Beechenhurst and Mallards Pike, and these can be transferred from site to site.

Forestry Commission Discovery PassThe Forestry Commission Discovery Pass, is an annual parking pass that enables you to discover, experience and enjoy more and can be purchased for £20 from the Forestry Commission, tel 01594 833057, Forest Connections, tel 01594 822612 or Pedalabikeaway, tel 01594 860065. Or visit and purchase on-line. There are a whole host of benefits that include:
  • Free parking in Forestry Commission car parks in the Forest of Dean for a year
  • 15% off cabin bookings at Forest Holidays (Excluding peak times: 25th June to 3rd September, 22nd October to 28th October and 23rd December to 5th January)
  • Seasonal newsletter, packed with news, events and activities
  • 20% off Go Ape! with 21 sites to choose from. (Valid Monday-Friday, in term-time excluding bank holidays)
  • 2 for the price of 1 entry to Puzzlewood
These offers are being added to on a regular basis, check the website for further information!
Click here for Car Parks in the area

By Taxi
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.