Attractions & More

The Local Area


If it is variety and diversity that you are looking for then you are in the right place. Where else can you find stunning views, forests and water-borne activities, cycling, trekking, historic sites and delightful rural villages, yet still be within easy reach of the bustling city of Gloucester with its shopping malls, restaurants and amenities.

If boots and bikes are your thing, then you can explore miles and miles of walking paths and cycle tracks in the area, allowing you to explore the Forest of Dean in all its beauty. You can join a popular four mile long art-meets-nature sculpture trail just 20 minutes from the Park, for instance.

Sections of the Gloucester Way and Wye Valley Walk are also within easy reach. You can even do Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes. National Trust sites are within easy striking distance too at Woodchester Park and Westbury Court Gardens. Symonds Yat provides opportunities for caving, climbing and canoeing and Clearwell Caves are also nearby.

The younger members of the group (grandchildren coming to visit or young adults) will appreciate the strange woodland paths at Puzzlewood or enjoy zipping through the treetops at Go Ape! Nature lovers will appreciate the bird life at Slimbridge Wetlands Centre while there are castles and cathedrals to explore at nearby towns of Berkeley and Goodrich.

Your nearest village is Blakeney which can trace roots back to Roman times. Today it is well served by a village store stocking your essential supplies and local pubs. Situated on the banks of the River Severn, Lydney is the nearest town, served by a Tesco supermarket and Co-Op.


Food & Drink

The White Hart, Broadoak
The Woodman Inn, Parkend
The Miners Arms, Whitecroft
The Globe Inn, Alvington
The Cock Inn, Blakeney

Activities & Attractions

Symonds Yat Rock
Wyedean Canoe Hire
Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
The Dean Heritage Centre
Littledean Jail
Inspire 2 Adventure
Goodrich Castle
Go Ape, Mallards Pike
Gloucester Quays
Gloucester Cathedral
Clearwell Caves
Cattle Country Farm Park
Cannop Ponds
Berkeley Castle
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