Nestling between the Wye Valley, the Vale of Leadon and the Severn Valley, the Royal Forest of Dean is one of England’s few remaining ancient forests, covering 27,000 acres of woodland.
The Forest of Dean was designated as a National Forest Park in 1938, this ‘Queen of Forests’ boasts a spectacular range of natural beauty combined with an aura of magic and mystery that has been the inspiration for many great artists and writers including Tolkien and JK Rowling.
The seasonal changes give rise to a vast array of flora and fauna with everchanging colours. Bluebells in spring, lush green summers, spectacular autumns and the cool frosts of winter. Nature and wildlife is abundant, complemented by a wealth of local fare and a true ‘Forest’ welcome, which awaits all visitors. With such a spectacular range of natural beauty, outdoor leisure activities and attractions, combined with a uniquely fascinating history and heritage plus a whole host of year-round events and festivals, the Royal Forest of Dean truly is an awe inspiring short-break destination at any time of the year.