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Children playing in the water. Blackpool brook. Forest of Dean


A popular picnic site with picnic tables, bbq places, an easy access path and a paddling area. 


The Blackpool Brook trickles through the site under the dappled shade of the large oak trees.  An easy access path runs down from the car park to the picnic site.

General Info

Please keep disposable barbeques on the rocks provided to avoid any unecessary damage to the grass or picnic tables.  No fires permitted. 

To help keep Wenchford tidy for your next visit, please take your litter home and recycle.

Schools wishing to use the site for educational activities should first inform the Forestry Commission on 0300 0674800.

The toilets and cafe are now closed for the winter period.  Parking is free of charge until April 2017.  

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

My first visit, yesterday. yes it was raining but the beauty of the area stood out. perhaps next time I'll choose a nicer day to explore the area. Good to see you have a cafe and toilet facilitys

pity the cafe wasnt open, a cup of tea and a sarnie and my brief visit would've been complete.

Jeff, 11/Jun/2016

Thank you for your feedback. The refreshment kiosk will be open very soon and in time for the school holidays.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

the streem was good, we did our geog trip there lol.

fraser dallas, 2/Oct/2015

Glad you had a successful school visit!

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Frustrated Forester needs to lighten up. This spot is not just for locals, its for everyone. These places should be busy with people enjoying their selves with their families. If it costs a couple of quid for the privelidge then its still a well worth it.

Non local, 24/Jun/2015
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Last updated: 23rd February 2017

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What's Here?

  • Trail (easy)
  • Walking
  • Barbeque
  • Please use stones provided for disposable BBQ use
  • Easy Access
  • DDA compliant path to picnic site
  • Horse riding
  • The stoned road network is suitable for riding.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 2 day ticket March 25th to October 30th 2016. Ticket is not transferable to other P&D sites in the forest.
  • Picnic
  • several picnic tables scattered along the grassy area
  • Toliets
  • Open April to November 2nd
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SO 654081

Get directions


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
2 day ticket March 25th to October 30th 2016. Ticket is not transferable to other P&D sites in the forest.

Family activities

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