The Forestry Commission look after the Forest of Dean for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a mountain biker or a lover of nature, a great day out awaits...
This ancient forest has changed many times over the centuries. In medieval times it was a royal hunting forest, before becoming a source of timber for the navy's Tudor warships. By Victorian times it was a major site of industry, with coal mining and tramways punctuating the landscape.
Today the forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and a great place to explore. See if you can find the hidden remains of industry as you enjoy this wild and beautiful forest.
The forest has four main visitor sites, as highlighted below, but many more places to visit.
Walk through the Iron Age fort to find stunning views over the River Wye and beyond. Can you spot the birds of prey?
We’ve got trails for everyone, so bring your bike or hire one from the shop. Explore the forest then refuel in the cafe.
The best place to start your forest adventure! Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, shop and climbing tower.
Enjoy a walk and a picnic by the lake, swing onto the Go Ape high-ropes course or explore the forest on an all-terrain segway!
The four main visitor sites above are currently open to the public from 8am - 7.30pm although individual opening times for the cafes and other facilities will vary, please check the individual websites for further details.
Charges are as follows:
Cars and minibuses:
March - October £3.50
November - February £3.00
Coaches: £10 all year
The day ticket is transferrable between all of the four sites on the same day and also includes visiting Wenchford.
Please bring the correct change with you, credit card facilities are not available at the ticket machines due to poor mobile phone coverage. Tickets can be bought by credit card at Forest of Dean Adventure, Beechenhurst.
Please note that parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
If you are intending to visit the Forest with a school or group, please refer to Learning in the Forest of Dean for essential information.
Please note that overnight stopping in the Forest is only permitted on authorised campsites. (Forestry Commission Byelaws 1982 section 5 (x)) Camping in the Forest is located on the outskirts of Coleford and has direct access into the surrounding woodland.
What do other visitors say?
Kevin Salter, 28/Nov/2015
I wanted to get a local phone number to report a sick/injured fallow deer who needed attending to in the forest of dean, guess what, there is no local phone number on this website-poorly planned& very frustrating
Forestry Commission Response
The advertised number 0300 067 4800 goes straight through to the local Coleford Offices.
2 StarsLaurence F Still, 12/Nov/2015
Sites full of advertising are all very well, but there is no information here about the Forestry Commission itself.
Who is in charge locally? Who does What? To whom does one report fly-tipping to? There used to be a list of personnel and their responsibilities. Where is the information about the actual Forestry Commission?
Forestry Commission Response
replied by email
The way to keep people coming to the Forest (and why is it often assumed that more people is always desirable?)is to grow trees, thus providing and preserving a rare quiet and peaceful natural environment for when we finish practising youthful exciting adventure all over the rest of the world. For hectic activity go to where it is already provided, or encourage the use of city ex-industrial sites as cycle training grounds so as to be near more people !