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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.



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Last updated: 29th June 2018

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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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West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open by 8am daily. Closing times:
Nov- Feb 5.00pm
March 6.30pm
April 8pm
May - Aug 9pm
Sept 7.30pm
Oct 6.30pm

Family activities

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