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Walking in the Forest of Dean

25 routes in the historic Royal Forest

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.


walks can be enjoyed in every season, with the central forest providing shelter on windy days


accessible from Gloucester, Lydney and Chepstow, while the key centres within the Forest of Dean itself are Coleford and Cinderford


none 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

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iconic 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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13 May 2013
10 May 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.00cm

A guidebook to 25 day walks in the Forest of Dean. Exploring the beautiful scenery of Gloucestershire between the Rivers Severn and Wye, the walks are suitable for beginner and experienced walkers alike.

The walks range in length from 6–26km (4–17 miles) and can be enjoyed in 2–10 hours. There are 21 circular routes and 4 longer, linear walks that cover sections of long-distance trails, including the Offa’s Dyke Path and Gloucestershire Way.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps reproduced at 1:40,000 for each walk
  • Detailed information on planning, public transport and local history
  • Easy access from Gloucester, Lydney and Chepstow
  • Local points of interest include Yat Rock

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Mike Dunn Cicerone author DUNN

By Mike Dunn

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. 

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