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Ruff guide to the Forest of Dean
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Find out about me, my owner and my favourite place for a walk in the Forest of Dean, as well as great dog friendly places to eat and sleep near by.

Dizzy the dog from the Forest of Dean

Making a bug home at an Eco-Kids event.  My owner and me

As a working Cocker Spaniel, I deal with very big responsibilities every day (even during nap times). I've got a nasty cut on my nose when I was a bit younger, but it’s all better now, thanks to my human companion, recreation ranger Andy Hook. In all my five years, he’s never let me down.

Making a bug home at an Eco-Kids event.  Favourite treat

Sunday roast dinner. I love it!

Making a bug home at an Eco-Kids event.  Best trick

Bringing people treats when they walk through the door. This lovely little trick has gotten me loads of attention and scratches behind the ear – I can recommend it!

Making a bug home at an Eco-Kids event.  Arch rival

Squirrels. They just get to me and they won't stop moving when I bark at them.

Making a bug home at an Eco-Kids event.  Favourite places for a walk

I walk all over the Forest of Dean with my owner, along the way-marked trails. And swimming in all the lakes, especially if it has a duck or two, as I like to sniff them out.

Making a bug home at an Eco-Kids event.  Water stops

Water is always available at the cafe at Beechenhurst Lodge.

Making a bug home at an Eco-Kids event.  Other useful information

There are dog hitches outside the cafe, so you can pop in for a coffee whilst we wait patiently outside. You'll find dog waste bins xx but in the wider forest andy always 'stick and flick's', to ensure that the trails are kept clean, because I don't want my human friends to step in a suprise gift from me or my buddies. Visit the Forest of Dean for more information about what's available here.

Dog friendly places to stay

The Wyndham Arms Hotel - 1.7 miles away

Clearwell, near Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8JT
Tel: 01594 833666

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel and Restaurant - 1.74 miles away

High Street, Clearwell, Gloucestershire GL16 8JS
Tel: 01594 833046

Ferndale House - 3.4 miles away

Upper Lydbrook, Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL17 9LQ
Tel: 01594 861294

Forest Holidays - 3.5miles away

Forest of Dean, Bracelands Drive, Coleford, Gloucester GL16 7NN
Tel: 03330 110495

Norton House - 4.42 miles away

Whitchurch, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6DJ
Tel: 01600 890046 

Dog friendly places to eat

The Wyndham Arms Hotel - 1.7 miles away

Clearwell, The Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire GL16 8JT
Tel: 01594 833666

The Lion Inn - 5.67 miles away

Trellech, Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 4PA
Tel: 01600 860322

The Bell at Skenfrith - 9.51 miles away

Skenfrith, Monmouthshire NP7 8UH
Tel: 01600 750235

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These are suggestions only we do not endorse or approve external sites or services. Please check out comparison websites before you book.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

We loved the area around Bream. So quiet and excellent space for Lu. Just want more guides for finding water as it was VERY hot. And the Gloucester Way needs far clearer marking. We'll be back!

Peg and Lulu, 20/Jun/2017

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