Walking and Rambling in the Forest of Dean
Walking throughout the area is ideal, whether your choice is a gentle stroll or a more energetic long distance walk; there is something suitable for everyone.
There are numerous designated walking trails in the Forest of Dean affording spectacular views and the chance to observe the delightful range of flora and fauna in beautiful woodland scenery. The majority of these walks are supported by leaflets which can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre.
* Denotes a leaflet to accompany these walks is available to purchase from the Tourist Information Centre
- Woodland Walks in the Forest
- Walks in the Vale of Leadon
- Parish and Village Walks
- Town Walks
- Long Distance National Paths
- Walking Books
The Parish of St. Briavels - Circular Walks*
A: 4-5 miles down into the Wye Valley and then through the beautifil beech woods of the Hudnalls which overlook the river. Some steep climbs.
B: A combination of two separate walks totalling five miles over high level farmland with long views to the Cotswolds and the Wye Valley.
C: 4 miles rakes you through woods, pastures and one lovely section alongside a stream. Some steep climbs, but good views from the top.
D: 8 miles with a pub half way. This is a very varied route, going over high meadows, along the bank of the River Wye, and through beautiful beech woods.
E: 4 or 8 miles with pubs en-route. This takes you through two woods, open farmland and old iron ore workings.
The Parish of Woolaston - Circular Walks *
Walks of various lengths taking in the countryside and history of the area. A route can be planned to pass a pub and St. Andrews Church which is particularly interesting.
A Walk in Dymock Woods *
The walk leaflet gives a map and five waymarked trails through Forestry Commission woodland to the south-west of Dymock as well as information on local history, industry and forestry. This area of the Forest is famous for the spring time wild daffoldils.
Daffodil Way *
A circular walk from Dymock through the wild daffodil country within the Windcross parishes in north-west Gloucestershire. Offers a wealth of woods, orchards, ponds and streams.
Dymock Poet's Path I *
A circular walk from Dymock taking in places associated with the Dymock poets Abercrombie, Brooke, Drinkwater Gibson, Thomas and Frost.
Dymock Poets Path II *
A circular walk from Dymock via Leadington, Greenway and Brooms Green linking houses (not open to the public) associated with the Dymock poets.
Walking books are available to purchase at the Coleford Tourist information Centre (01594 812388)
The Wye Valley Walk
This follows the River Wye for 53 miles and follows a slightly different route to the Offa's Dyke Path.
The Gloucestershire Way
Within the Forest of Dean, this covers a route from Chepstow to Symonds Yat taking in the Wye Valley and then includes one of the best viewpoints in this area. From May Hill, you can get spectacular viewpoints across the Severn and Wye Valley as well as the Black Mountains in Wales. It is distinctive by the large clump of trees on the summit.
The Wysis Way
Within the Forest of Dean, this walk passes from the west to the east of the district, covering areas such as Staunton, near Coleford, Hillersland, Mitcheldean and May Hill, before continuing through the Vale of Leadon, taking in Longhope, Taynton and Tibberton.
Pub Walks in the Forest of Dean
The 25 walks are between 3 and 10 miles, each based on visiting at least one pub selling traditional "Real Ale".
Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Walks - Pathfinder Guide
28 walk routes, including places of interest. There are also coloured Ordnance Survey maps and photographs.
Ordnance Survey Leisure Map 14 - Wye Valley & Forest of Dean
1:25,000 is also available to buy which may assist you with the walks listed.
All these publications are available by post. Please contact the Tourist Information Centre (01594 812388) at Coleford for prices, availability and postal charges.