Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
With the summer well and truly on the way, it is the perfect time to dig out the picnic basket, get the family together and enjoy some laughs and of course some sandwiches! The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley has some fantastic picnic spots for you and your family to enjoy this summer:
Enjoy a picnic with the whole family overlooking the medieval Tintern Abbey. Sit in one of the nearby fields and marvel at the vast windows and decorative details of the best preserved Abbey in Wales.
Mallards Pike was voted the best place to picnic in the South West in the Warburtons Picnic Awards 2010. The site consists of man-made lakes and is a popular attraction for walking, cycling and other adventure activities. With hot and cold refreshments on site and even BBQ facilities available Mallards Pike is a great location for a family picnic too!
Beechenhurst is the perfect rain or shine picnic location, with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy in the sunshine and indoor space just in case it rains. In the heart of the Forest, the centre is close to the Sculpture Trail and has a play area, cafe, shop and an exciting climbing tower.
Cannop Ponds is a popular picnic site in the Forest of Dean. It has a large grass area to spread out your picnic blankets and is close to the car park and the ponds. The ponds themselves are picturesque and are home to lots of wildlife including ducks, swards and even dragonflies!
Symonds Yat is a village that overlooks the Wye Valley and has many places to explore and enjoy picnics. Symonds Yat Rock is a Forestry Commission site and is an internationally renowned viewpoint.