The Local Area – Things to see and do

Nestling between the River Wye, the Vale of Leadon and the River Severn, the Royal Forest of Dean is one of England’s few remaining ancient forests, covering 27,000 acres of woodland. Easily accessible from the M4/M5/A40 and close to Gloucester, Cardiff and Bristol.

Local produce is widely available and can also be found in many historic market towns including Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Chepstow, Malvern, and Gloucester itself.

Notable natural features of the area include the Symonds Yat, Yat Rock, May Hill, The Severn Bore, and  of course, the forest itself.

Extensive information on local activities is provided and includes:

Walking Visit Castles
Cycling Gardens
Canoeing  Zoos
 Horse Riding  Bird Sanctuaries
 Mountain Climbing  GWR Museum
 Archery  Nature Reserves
 Zip Lining  Ancient Monuments
 Diving  Cathedrals
 Off Road Driving  Churches
 Caving  Country pubs
 Steam Railway  Gastro pubs
 Arts and Crafts  St Anthony’s Well

To find out more on what you can do in the area please see our local attractions page.

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