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Explore Great Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along a waymarked route, go on a long-distance horse ride or discover the forest by bike.

You'll also find plenty of spots for a family picnic or to have a BBQ.

Explore Great Wood on the Red Walk

Spend some time exploring the nooks and crannies of Great Wood along the red walk, which is ideal for families looking for 2 mile walk.  It will lead you past pretty streams and along some impressive combes.


Bring your bike and head out into the forest for a leisurely cycle.

Horse riding

Explore the forest on horse back.

BBQ area

Enjoy a BBQ or relaxing picnic with the family.

Organising an event

If you wish to organise an event on Forestry Commission land you will need our permission. We need to check that the event is properly organised, has adequate insurance cover and doesn't clash with other events or forest operations. Please give as much notice as possible, we require at least eight weeks. Other activities may also require permission, including dog sleds, charity challenges and walking events.

Download this application form to hold an event in Great Wood, or alternatively please call us on 01594 833054.  Send your completed form to or send to West England Forest District Permissions, Bank House, Coleford, Glos, G116 8BA

What do other visitors say?

Went to GW with daughter & her friends for her birthday. We've been doing this for years - can't tell you how disappointed everyone was about number of trees that have disappeared from the meadow - children were gutted. All the old places they used to make into dens have vanished. Still had great time but its not the same

Anonymous, 30/Jun/2013
4 Stars 4 Stars

What a lovely forest, I stayed here as a child at the residential camp that can be found as you enter. Took ages to find it though due to a lack of signage off of the A39 and the resulting miniscule lanes. Can't wait to come back, are there other marked trails than the red route?

Alison, 13/May/2012

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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Horse riding
  • Due to the number of bridleways in this wood horse riding is free of charge.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: ST182378
Postcode: TA5 1HN

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West England District
0300 067 4800

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