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

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:

Pink & White Arrows

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.

The walk starts from the edge of the ancient hill fort built 2,500 years ago. The site is now a scheduled ancient monument. 

Signposted just off the trail not far from the start is the fantastic viewpoint overlooking the village of Symonds Yat West and the river Wye rapids.  This view looks particularly spectacular during autumn when the valley is full of colour.  Look out for Peregrine Falcons that nest in the nearby cliffs. You can enjoy watching the birds while they hunt as well as Goshawks, Buzzards and the occasional Red Kite.  Other wildlife to look out for on the walk include Fallow Dear and possibly Wild Boar (Please keep dogs under control).

Please be aware that the walk has some steep hilly sections as well as some muddy areas so good footwear is essential.

On your return from the walk, visit the 1950s built log cabin café for refreshments, with a range of wholesome food including freshly made cakes, sandwiches and simple meals. 

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

Download our free walking map for the Mailscot Wood Trail

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Lovely walk this one with my family yesterday had a great day would highly recommend it. The only bad point up picked up on was the pay machines were outdated and only accepted coins. But that little drama out the way we began our 4 mile trip with a 6 year old and a 2 year old boy who fell asleep in the bush 2 miles in he woke up as we got to the car. 10/10

Anonymous, 26/Feb/2018
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.

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