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
A walking guidebook to the Forest of Dean Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From short walks of 4 miles to all-day sections of long-distance routes such as the Offa's Dyke path and the Gloucestershire Way, the 25 walks in this guidebook gives you the information needed to enjoy a wide range of walking among the rolling countryside of the Forest of Dean.
21 of the walks are circular, and 4 one-way linear routes along historic long-distance trails are described, alongside 1:25,000 OS map extracts and a wealth of background information on places of interest along the way. The walks in this guidebook take you to all corners of the forest, along shaded valleys and gorges, across wide-open farmland and over high ridges with big views. Every route is supplemented by historic, geological and wildlife information to help you make the most of your days walking in the Forest of Dean, as well as practical information on public transport and other local facilities.
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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 includeThe 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's a former member of the Tennis Wales Board), 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