Located in the west of Gloucestershire, this stunning stretch of verdant forest is the perfect destination for both serious hikers and more relaxed ramblers. Bordered by the River Wye and River Severn and full of interesting and unusual trails and attractions, the Forest of Dean is a truly beautiful location for a walking holiday.
The Forest of Dean sculpture trail first opened in 1986, and has proved highly popular with visitors ever since. Local artists have installed a wide variety of different sculptures that reflect their own emotional connection to the forest over a four mile stretch of woodland. Highlights include a giant wooden chair and a stained glass window hanging from a tree.
Spanning five acres, The Dean Heritage Centre incorporates activities and attractions to appeal to all types of visitor. Notable features include five interlinked galleries which detail the history of the area, historical reconstructions of a forester’s cottage and a Victorian schoolroom and an old coalmine, open for exploring. You can even try your hand at ferret-walking!
Be whisked through the idyllic countryside on a traditional Victorian steam engine. Special events include the chance to drive and power a train yourself, or take the more relaxed route and enjoy a three course meal in a First Class Dining Car.
The oldest specialist birds of prey centre in the world, they perform three flying demonstrations a day, whatever the weather! Winter owl evenings are available from November 2012 until just before Christmas.