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Explore New Fancy
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Birdwatchers at the New Fancy viewpoint. Forest of Dean

Formerly the site of the New Fancy coal mine. The old spoil heap now provides spectacular views across the Forest.

It is an ideal place to watch birds of prey soaring above the woodland.

Other features at New Fancy include the Geomap, a walk on map showing the underlying geology of the forest with mines and quarries marked on, plus the Roll of Honour Sculpture.

There is easy access to the Family Cycle Trail from the car park.



What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

The geomap is really informative, having the mines identified by the mineral they produced makes it easy. The different rocks forming the landscape also give a better understanding of the area. My grandchildren love guessing what the mines produced and tracing where the rail roads went.

Barbara, 23/Jan/2015

Great, thank you for your positive feedback!

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Scrub and trees now partly obscure the view, otherwise spectacular. Boar damage around the grassed areas of the picnic site and geo map, such a shame, hope it can be sorted before the summer visitors arrive! Would also like to see more info boards. Not only here but on other old mine sites around the forest, we don't all own a guide a book!

Anonymous, 19/Jan/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

Spectacular panoramic views of much of the whole Forest. Pity there is no information plaques giving the industrial history anywhere in the Forest - as a casual visitor would have little or no inkling of it.

daguerrotype, 9/Jun/2013

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Last updated: 10/26/2015

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What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Arts
  • The 'Roll of Honour' sculpture, visible from the car park, was installed in 2005
  • Cycling
  • a cycle trail link leads down to the main family cycle trail
  • Viewpoint
  • the viewpoint is particularly good for watching Goshawks and other birds of prey
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SO 628095

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