Walking in the Forest of Dean
25 routes in the historic Royal Forest
By Mike Dunn
Guidebook to 25 walks in the Forest of Dean, between the Severn and Wye, from 4-mile routes to all-day sections of long-distance trails such as the Offa's Dyke Path and Gloucestershire Way, this guide is ideal for exploring the forest and its history and includes the information needed for walkers of all abilities to explore this ancient area.
Seasonswalks can be enjoyed in every season, with the central forest providing shelter on windy days
Centresaccessible from Gloucester, Lydney and Chepstow, while the key centres within the Forest of Dean itself are Coleford and Cinderford
Difficultynone of the routes should present any technical difficulties, although all of them require basic route-finding skills and the walks following part of long-distance trails are challenging full-day expeditions; many follow clear forest tracks and paths across farmland
Must Seeiconic hills (such as May Hill), forested slopes, coal and iron-making sites with furnaces and ponds, sensational views, picturesque landscapes and a rich cultural and social history
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Mike Dunn was born and bred in Leicester but has now lived in Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan for over 30 years. He worked for the Welsh Assembly Government, latterly specialising in environmental and conservation issues, and has also written widely on landscape, walking, pubs and real ale. His books include The Penguin Guide to Real Draught Beer, Walking through the Lake District, Walking Ancient Trackways and Real Heritage Pubs of Wales (with Mick Slaughter). He is married and has two daughters, and his interests include playing and organising tennis (he is a Board Member of Tennis Wales), birdwatching, cricket and real ale. Mike's favourite locations for walking are the Welsh borders, the Hebridean Islands and the Lake District.View author profile
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