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Nr. Coleford, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL16 8QB

01594 833187


‘The Most Magical Forest on the Face of the Earth’ Kathleen Kennedy, President, Lucasfilm

About Puzzlewood

A magical woodland in the Forest of Dean

Puzzlewood is a unique and magical woodland in Forest of Dean. You can explore a mile of pathways winding through deep gulley’s of moss covered rocks, over wooden bridges and through fantastic tree and rock formations; all set in 14 acres of ancient forest.

Puzzlewood has its own free App which includes two augmented reality games to play onsite plus information about the wood and the local area.  Also onsite there are farm animals, a playground, outdoor and indoor mazes and picnic areas, a small cafe with a selection of gifts.

What is the magic of Puzzlewood?
Puzzlewood is a maze of pathways winding between the moss covered rocks, the twisted roots of the Yew trees or the bridges and ‘lookouts’ that you have to find on your way round? JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it is easy to see why. You will find Puzzlewood to be an enchanting place. Puzzlewood has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you will have visited. 

Puzzlewood has an interesting history; it was used for the mining of iron ore in Roman times, nature then reclaimed the old workings until, in the early 1800s a local landowner laid down a mile of pathways which meandered through the trees and gulleys to open up this ancient forest; originally for the amusement of his friends and children. Since then Puzzlewood is has remained essentially unchanged with the same pathways and bridges as in earlier times, but with the addition of visitor facilities on the Puzzlewood site.

Puzzlewood - TV & Film Location

Over the last few years Puzzlewood has been seen by TV and film producers worldwide as a unique and remarkable setting - ideal to set the scene for many television and film productions. BBC's 'Merlin' and 'Doctor Who' have been filmed here as well as top film blockbusters 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', 'The Huntsman' and 'Jack the Giant Slayer'. 'Atlantis', 'Wizards vs Aliens' and lots more productions have also used Puzzlewood as the spectacular backdrop for many scenes.

Facilities at Puzzlewood

Cafe: Yes
Shop: Yes
Picnic area: Yes
Parking: free
Coach parties: Accepted
Dogs: Not accepted (except guidedogs)

Getting to Puzzlewood

From Coleford follow B4228 towards Chepstow, half a mile along Puzzlewood is on the right hand side.

Please note that in severe weather conditions or if winds are above 25mph Puzzlewood will be closed for Health & Safety reasons.
Facebook and Twitter pages will always be updated so please check these before you travel when severe weather warnings are in place.

Disabled Access at Puzzlewood

Not suitable for the less physically able due to many uneven steps or pushchairs - child carrier needed.

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