There’s More Hiking Here Than You Can Shake A Stick At!
So, dust off your finest switch and head for the woods.
The one thing The Forest Of Dean has is tracks. Tracks, tracks and more tracks and then tracks that cross back over those tracks. Down hill, up hill (derr!) dead straight or dead level, past lakes, over rises and under bridges. You can do long ones short ones, square ones or circular ones.
But don’t be lonesome. If you’re flying solo grab a guide or even an obliging llama.
Yes. The perfect hiker’s assistant, they walk at the pace you set, they carry your bags and best of all they don’t talk.
Watch out though - they are prone to a bit of spitting if you upset them!
We like biking.
Just beyond our boundary is a designated mountain-biking area, which includes the seriously unpleasant Sallowallets mad persons red grade forest single track with a rather frantic downhill. Then, thankfully, just beyond it, a 20 km surfaced track specifically for family biking and walking!
And if you forgot your bike - doh!! - there’s a brilliant bike hire place at the bottom of the hill who will even deliver bikes for you if they get notice first.
Once a day one of our staff will lead a guided bike tour, tailored to the needs of everyone from toddlers to teens or even togs.
We also like canoeing. OK so its not class 6 white water but parts of the Wye get up to a very enthusiastic class 3 and within 5 or 6 miles we have some of the safest, most picturesque water in the country.
So, whether you’re taking your first steps (?) err, paddles, or fancy a limber up further up river, or even a day’s rafting, it’s all within easy reach. And if nothing else, it’s a great way of building your appetite for dinner!