Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Discover the perfect holiday destination of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty that borders England and South Wales across the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.
The Forest of Dean is unique in the way its villages are scattered equally across the district. The quaint Forest roads take you along breathtakingly beautiful countryside through villages with intriguing churches and village stores selling local produce – Newent, Lydney, Chepstow, Monmouth to name but a few. The most famous Wye Valley village attraction is Tintern with its Cistercian Abbey, Symonds Yat East and West on the River Wye are focal points for walking and river activities.
The meandering River Wye is one of the most scenic in the UK. The activity options are endless, including both coarse and game fishing, pleasure cruises or why not hire a canoe or kayak or bring your own and paddle your way up and down stream.
With endless eating options along the River you can choose somewhere different to eat every day. For those seeking an adrenalin rush? Navigate the rapids in kayaks and have a go at white-water rafting. There is mountain-biking, treetop zipwires and much more.
For those seeking a more relaxing experience take time to relax and enjoy a picnic by one of the beautiful lakes. Walking options are endless and there are some fantastic places to sit back and relax at Cannop Ponds and Mallard’s Pike with many viewpoints scattered throughout the Forest. Enjoy the flora and fauna, visit castles, museums and Cathedrals – Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester are all within easy reach. Cycling tracks abound for families of all ages and there is an excellent choice of Golf Courses in the area.