The beautiful Forest of Dean is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty called the Wye Valley. It is the perfect place to go to relax and unwind and forget about the stresses and hassles of everyday life, even if it is only for a little while. While you are in the Wye Valley you are on the border between South Wales and England, and travelling between the counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire. For all the scenery is stunning and the atmosphere is crying out to you to relax and take things easy, this is also a place popular with adventure seeking adrenalin junkies. Throughout the valley you will discover mountain biking trails and zip wires skimming the treetops as well as those chasing the white water in their kayaks. For them the sedate and restful life is uninteresting and they will leave the castles and museums to those more in tune with the quiet life.
The Great Outdoors
The Forest of Dean is a fantastic place for getting back in touch with the great outdoors. You will find that there are walking trails, cycle tracks and mountain biking trails running right across the area. Canoeing and kayaking are also incredibly popular and so is geocaching. These activities are popular here because of the incredibly varied terrain and the beautiful scenery to do it all in. Road racers will love the wonderfully winding lanes and families will love the purpose made cycle paths that suit all ages and ability levels. The mountain bikers are not left out either as there are a number of downhill tracks that wind their way through the forest, as well as off road tracks. Don’t worry if you haven’t brought your cycles with you either as there are plenty of opportunities for you to hire some. If you prefer two feet to two wheels there are a number of easy walks suitable for all levels of ability.
Things To See and Do
Go Ape and head to the tree tops for some fun and just a little bit of an adventure. The Go Ape experience sees you flying through the tree tops on a zip wire, playing king of the jungle on a Tarzan swing and much more. Caldicot Castle Country Park is the place to go to get hands on with history. If you want to try your hand at some adrenalin fuelled adventure pay a visit to Inspire2Adventure where you can choose from a whole host of activities from canoeing to gorge scrambling. The Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure is an activity that the kids will love, your ticket will last for the whole day so you can fit in as many trips on the train as you like. One of the most unusual visitor attractions in the area is Littledean Jail. One used as a prison, a police station and a courthouse it is not only atmospheric it is also home to the biggest collection of memorabilia from the film Quadrophenia anywhere.