Currently I am back in the United States (where I live) and the last leg of my tour brought me to the Philippines where I spent some time mountain hiking, trekking, and going on leisurely hiking trails.. I recommend taking a peak at what I’ve been up to 🙂 Now, that I’m back in the U.S., the travel bug is already beginning to bite. While I love to travel in the U.S., there is something different about traveling abroad. Forest of Dean is one of those places that I’ve been that just resonate with me and inside I know that I must go back very soon. Let me tell you about my experience at Forest of Dean, their fabulous log cabins in the wilderness, the majestic beauty of the rivers and travelers enjoying canoe trips, hiking, Holiday retreats and more.
Forest of Dean – Magnificent Wildlife and Enchanting Forest Retreat
There are some places where it seems like your stress just melts away. Forest of Dean is one of those locations. I could just gaze endlessly at the 500 foot high limestone clifs at Symonds Yat Rock. You see kids playing and families enjoying each other sitting outside their log cabins and lodges that are separated just perfectly. You get the feel like you are alone in the woods, but you also have a lot of open space where you feel comfortable to walk around and not like your in a dense forest right outside the cabin door.
The cabins are quite luxurious and are separated in open meadows or secluded in the woods. You can choose what type of location suits you. Our cabin was somewhat in between.. It was very close to the woods, but also with the open space of the woodlands.
Where Is Forest of Dean?
The Forest of Dean is a region in the western part of Gloucestershire, England. It is located in one of the most incredible parts (in my opinion) of Britain in between the Wye Valley and the Vale of Leadon. Part of what makes Forest of Dean so special is that it is isolated by the two valleys and two rivers. You feel as if you are hidden away from all of your problems and your immersed in a personal paradise that was made just for you. It sounds like I’m making a sales pitch, but I’m really not.. I’ve only been there once, but the memories still burn bright in my mind. While Forest of Dean isn’t exactly a “hidden gem”, it still has the privacy and seclusion where you think that not many people know about it. I feel like I’m letting people in on a secret that your not quite sure that you want to tell.. 🙂
What Things can you do at Forest of Dean?
The better question is what kinds of things can you NOT do? That is if you love outdoor activities. Just outside your cabin or lodge, all sorts of outdoor activities await you.
Things that you do include (but not limited to) :
- Going on hiking trails
- Trekking expeditions
- Walking trails
- Go to Clearwell Caves
- Go to Puzzlewood
- Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventures
- Dean Forest Railway
- Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
Cabins at Forest of Dean :
- Forest Retreat (Private indoor pool)
- The Cottage
- Hectors House Holiday Cottage
- Deanfield Coach House
- Cider Press Cottage
- Nuthatch Cottage (overlooks Flaxvey Valley)
- Woodlands View Lodge
View All Of The Cabins, Lodges and Cottages Available along with pricing and availability in the Gloucestershire, Forest Dean area.
When Is The Best Time To Arrive at Forest of Dean
This all depends on what kind of scenery you want to view and what kinds of activities you want to do. I was there in late summer but from flyers I’ve read and photos that I have seen April and May has a mesmerizing display of wildflowers. You can see azaleas, rhododendrons, wild flowers and more at Lydney Park Spring Gardens. You can also see Roman temples.
Arriving during the summer months?
You and your family can have a wonderful time canoeing the Wye river, or maybe visit Yat rock and try to spot some Peregrine Falcons. They are protected birds and very beautiful to see in person.
Arriving In The Fall?
When I was there I caught the beginning of the autumn season and I can only imagine what it looked like if I was there just a few weeks longer. (Oh, I looked up some images and they are spectacular).. The majestic oak trees and beeches turn a golden orange and autumn fruits and berries are abound.
We walked the Sculpture Trail and visited the Cyril Hard Arboretum, which I definitely recommend.
Clearwell Caves – Do you like to go caving? Forest of Dean also offers many caves to tour. You can go to “Clearwell Caves” to see underground caverns. They say that the caves date back to the bronze age. When I begin to ponder that, It just blows my mind.
Interesting note : The locals say that JRR Tolkein (author of the Hobbit) spent time at The Forest of Dean and helped inspire him when he wrote The Lord of the Rings trilogy. After visiting Forest of Dean, I can believe this. I hope that this story is true. It makes the aura of this magical place.. even more…. magical!
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