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. Come along and try the Gruffalo Activity trail from April 11th.
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
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.
Takes place on April 27th based on the Speech House Hotel field, with otulying activities at Beechenhurst Lodge and Mallards Pike Lake.