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New Book: Walking in the Forest of Dean, 25 Routes in the Historic Royal Forest by Mike Dunn, £12.95, Cicerone Press Ltd, ISBN: 9781852846893
From short relatively simple strolls of 4 miles to challenging all-day sections of long-distance trails including Offa’s Dyke Path and the Gloucestershire Way, the 25 graded routes in this handy guidebook will provide all the information readers need to enjoy the rolling countryside of the ancient Forest of Dean. The routes take walkers to all corners of the forest, exploring its intricate mosaic of shaded valleys, gorges, vales and glades, crossing its wide-open farmland and ascending the high ridges that enclose the forest, giving it a secretive quality but also offering big views in all directions.
Located directly beside the English–Welsh border, between the River Wye at Monmouth and the River Severn, the Forest of Dean has long boasted a distinctive landscape and unique cultural identity. Annexed as a Royal Forest before the Norman Conquest, it remained a protected hunting ground as well as a site for coal mining and ironworks from Roman times until the Industrial Revolution.
The walks use excellent paths to spectacular viewpoints. Arranged in four sections, they cover the western ridges above the gorge of the River Wye; the ridges and valleys around the heart of the forest; the eastern ridges between the Forest and the River Severn, including the Severn shore; and the long-distance trails that meander through the area. With detailed route descriptions and information on access, accommodation and historical points of interest, this guidebook is the ideal companion to exploring everything this ancient forest has to offer.
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About the author
Mike Dunn was born and bred in the English Midlands but has now lived in the Vale of Glamorgan for over 25 years. He has worked for the Welsh Assembly Government, specialising in environmental and conservation issues. Mike has written widely on landscape, walking, pubs and real ale.