The Forest Of Dean

The Forest Of Dean The area is characterised by over 110 square kilometres (42.5 sq mi) of mixed woodland, one of the surviving ancient woodlands in England. A large area was reserved for royal hunting before 1066, and remained as the second largest Crown forest in England, the largest being New Forest.

Although the name is often used loosely to refer to that part of Gloucestershire between the Severn and Wye, the Forest of Dean proper has covered a much smaller area since mediaeval times. In 1327 it was defined to cover only the royal demesne and parts of parishes within the hundred of St Briavels,[1] and after 1668 the Forest comprised the royal demesne only. This area is now within the civil parishes of West Dean, Lydbrook, Cinderford, Ruspidge, and Drybrook.

The Forest Of Dean has many places for you to walk, do some off road biking or other adventure activities.

Cannop Ponds - Forest of Dean

Forest Of Dean Other Pages

  • Cycling Guide – Cycling and Cycle Routes In The Forest Of Dean for beginners and experienced off roaders.
  • Eat Out – Forest Of Dean Restaurants and pubs where you can eat out for lunch or an evening meal.
  • Places – Towns and villages in the Forest of Dean.
  • Tourist Attractions – Tourist Attractions In The Forest Of Dean including many walks, castles and other places of interest !

Symonds Yat Rock – Forest Of Dean

Symonds Yat Rock overlooks a spectacular gorge through which the River Wye snakes. This rock is the perfect view point from which to watch raptors. A pair of Peregrine Falcons that nest annually within sight of the rock can be watched through telescopes.

Phone – 01594 833057

Website –

Forest of Dean Gifts

Photos and Gifts From the Forest of Dean. Also Personalised Products oasters, Fridge Magnets, Mugs, Colour Change Mugs, Mouse Mats, Place Mats and MUCH MUCH MORE.

Address – Forest of Dean Gifts, Hewlett Way, Ruspidge, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 3AJ


Phone – 01594 823573

Bed & Breakfast In The Forest Of Dean

A B&B is a good option for accommodation if you are visiting the Forest Of Dean, they are reasonably priced, flexible, many are run by an on site owner so you get a personal touch and you are not committed to eat at set times like in many hotels.


The list of bed and breakfast accommodation is being reviewed and more added daily to enable this to become a comprehensive and up to date list for the 2015 holiday season this will also compare the main unique selling points of each to help you choose.

If you want to recommend a B&B or get yours listed Email or tweet us the details.


Forest Of Dean Bed & Breakfast Directory

The Rock B&B Coleford

The Rock B&B in Coleford is one of the oldest Bed and Breakfast accommodation providers in the Forest of Dean.

Address – The Rock B&B, Hillersland , The Forest of Dean, Near Symonds Yat, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7NY

Telephone – 01594 837893

Caravan Sites

If you are holidaying or touring the Forest of Dean area with your caravan or camper van the ideal situation is to pitch at a nice caravan site with facilities. There are many and most in outstanding locations throughout the forest and Wye valley.

Forest Of Dean Guide Blog

Our blog has been created to be a guide to all things about the FOD and surrounding area.

We have an active and popular Twitter account @savethefod which actively promotes all events and companies trading in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.


I often explore an photograph the woods and the Wye Valley on one of my many walks as well as using many local services, I will be publishing articles and photographs regularly on this site.

Please bookmark or share this site and watch or get involved in its growth.

Promoting Forest Events

We often get asked to promote events for people and organisations that don’t always have their own website. For all local events we are happy to post on here and regularly promote on social media until the event date.

If you wish to feature an event on this blog please email us at least 350 words and photos if possible using our contact form, also include website, social profile names and contact details and we will happily add to this site and share on our social media channels. CONTACT @ABOUTGLOS

Towns & Villages Of The Forest Of Dean

There are a few small towns and many villages or hamlets in the area known as the Forest Of Dean as well as some notable towns near but not in the forest, there are 2 lists below to help you find out more about each place

Noteable Non FOD Places

  • Gloucester
  • Cheltenham
  • Chepstow
  • Hereford
  • Ross On Wye

Forest Of Dean Settlements

  • Cinderford
  • Coleford – Coleford is a small market town in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. Coleford is situated approximately four miles east of the Welsh border and close to the River Wye Valley.
  • Drybrook
  • Redbrook
  • Monmouth
  • Parkend

Featured Towns and villages


Drybrook A Village In The Forest Of Dean