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Mailscot Wood Trail
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

4 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

View of the Wye valley from Symonds Yat Rock. Forest of Dean

The trail meanders southwards keeping to the ridge high above the tumbling River Wye.

The woodlands covering the valley sides are a wonderful mosaic of broadleaf and conifer trees, providing a variety of wildlife habitats.

There are panoramic views across the river gorge towards the towering limestone outcrops at the Seven Sisters, with Bilbins Suspension Bridge and Youth Campsite below.

A Forest Walks map, detailing the route, is available from the Log cabin cafe, Forest Holidays campsite or Forestry Commission office in Coleford. 

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Excellently way marked route (except one spot where the arrow was not on the post but I guessed correctly). Had a lovely couple of hours. Only thing stopping me giving this 5 stars is the car park, pay machines are old and you must have coin to pay - very short sites in this day and age.

P, 29/May/2016

Thank you for your feedback. We have been investigating different payment methods, as the mobile reception is so very poor at all our sites in the Forest of Dean is impossible to provide credit card payment at present.

Forestry Commission Response

has anyone previously informed you of the glaring error on the fixed maps at biblins campsite area on the river wye. All the maps show the english welsh border running west down the track from Christchurch and then turning North up the Wye, where as all other sources show the border turning South towards the A40

russell town, 12/Feb/2016

Thank you for this information. The biblins boards were produced several years ago – when a reprint is done (no plans at present) the borders will be checked and corrected as necessary.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Our first planned walk since moving from Kent 3 months ago. We were grateful for the red trail signs although a little bemusing ing one or two places. However we thoroughly enjoyed our 4 mile walk through along the Mailscot Wood Trail with the added bonus of the viewing point near the beginning and at the end. Thank you

Roy & Val Albin, 29/Aug/2015

glad you had a good walk - try a different one again soon!

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