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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

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
3 Stars 3 Stars

I must agree with the comments about the GeoMap - while it's a lovely piece of art, not a single member of our group could understand it. As I recall, the mines (iron, coal, etc) are grouped by type, number, location, the material used for their plaque, and other ways too. There's more than one mine with the same number, so you have to decide what material the plaque is made from, or where it is, in order to decide which mine it is ................ you get the picture; it's all just so unnecessarily complicated.

Alun, 17/Feb/2012
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great location for walking, birdwatching and checking out wildlife in general. The peace and tranquility here is hard to find elsewhere.

Kevin Reynolds, 22/Apr/2011
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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

Location

OS Grid ref: SO 628095

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Contact

West England District
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01594 833057
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am - 5.00pm
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