Places to Visit
Visiting the The Royal Forest of Dean for the first time, you will be enchanted by its natural beauty. The Royal Forest of Dean covers some 203 square miles between the River Wye on the western boundary and the River Severn on the eastern boundary. The countryside north and south of the district is distinctly different.
The North, whose industry centuries ago included glassworks, cloth mills, coalfields and ironworks, today is identified by its rich rolling countryside and landscaped market gardens. The town of Newent is the centre for the north and is well known for the black and white timbered buildings dating back to the 17th century.
To the South of the area is 27,000 acres of ancient woodland. The Forest has a rich and varied history. From prehistoric to Roman times, through the dark ages, and as a Norman hunting forest, as a supplier for timber for fighting ships, the Dean has been nurtured and plundered for its natural reserves - iron, stone, coal and timber. Its heritage is part of its magic and mystery.
A leaflet of the "Heritage Trail", including a map of the area is available from the Tourist Information Centres.
Last updated 22 April 1999
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