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 - 5pm 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, unfortunately credit card facilities are not available at the ticket machines due to poor mobile phone coverage.
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?
How long ago is it since the woods around Beechenhurst had the trail of special effect lights?
Are there any plans to repeat this lovely event ?
Forestry Commission Response
It is over ten years since the special light effect on the Sculpture Trail. Yes the Sculpture Trust have some new artists to create new sculptures this year, one will be a tempoary special lighting 'sculpture' so keep an eye on their website for further news www.forestofdeanscupturetrail
5 StarsRoger Underdown, 6/Jan/2016
I always love a day out in the Forest. Fantastic walks, plenty to do for the kids and only have to pay for the parking! Looking forward to the new caf development.
James gooch, 13/Dec/2015
I read that council have been given the go ahead with the plans to build the northern quarter in cinderford. Such a shame really, i love walking my dog down the forestry land.
When will the land swap between the forestry and council take place? Is there an offical date? Thanks, J.Gooch
Forestry Commission Response
The land swap has now been agreed but there are further requirements to be fulfilled by the council and the developer. There is no official date yet, no. It will be announced in the local newspapers.