A to Z of the DeanWye: O is for…

O is for Oxenhall Oxenhall is located in an area of outstanding beauty in the centre of wild daffodil country just north of Newent. There is an area of special scientific interest, a nature reserve, a geological site of interest and a canal restoration project. Ochre Forest of Dean red ochre is believed to be … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: O is for…

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A to Z of the DeanWye: N is for…

Newent Newent is certainly one of the most attractive towns in the Forest of Dean area. It is a thriving, unspoilt market town with a wide range of attractions for the shopper and visitor. Many of the buildings date from the 13th century, and centrepiece of the town is the Old Market Hall, which was built … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: N is for…

Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week

The Military Wives Choir in concert The Military Wives Choir will be giving a concert in Hereford Cathedral on Wednesday 30 November, which will be the final performance in their ‘Home for Christmas’ tour. The choir, which boasts two UK number one singles as part of their repertoire, will perform a selection of tracks from … Continue reading Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week

A to Z of the DeanWye: M is for…

Minsterworth Minsterworth is a village in Gloucestershire, UK. It lies on the border of the City of Gloucester, on the north bank of the River Severn (effectively on the western side of the river) and on the A48 road between Gloucester and Chepstow. The village has a long history, at one stage being owned by the rebellious baron Simon de Montfort. Its economy used to be heavily involved with salmon-fishing in … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: M is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: K is for…

Kempley The village of Kempley can be found in the North Forest of Dean district, and is surrounded by unspoilt countryside. Located between Kempley and Dymock Village, lies the delightful Dymock Wood, which is varied in its array of wild flowers, especially in the spring when there is a beautiful display of daffodils and bluebells. … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: K is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: L is for…

L is for Lydney Lydney is a small town and civil parish in the English county of Gloucestershire. It is located on the west bank of the River Severn, close to the Forest of Dean. The town lies on the A48, next to the Lydney Park gardens with its Roman temple in honour of Nodens. In the British Iron Age a promontory fort was established at Lydney Park and later used … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: L is for…

Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week

Visit award-winning hotels The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is now home to the AA Hotel for Wales 2016 – The Angel at Abergavenny. The Michelin Starred Whitebrook was also named the AA Wine Award for Wales while Sawday’s Hotel of the Year, Tudor Farmhouse was awarded 3 Red Stars. Après Ski at The … Continue reading Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week

A to Z of the DeanWye: J is for…

Littledean Jail Life inside the Littledean Jail was seemingly far better than life outside - for most of the Forest community. Life outside was certainly hard, most if not all those that lived in and around the Forest of Dean in the 18th century were destitute, disease ridden, illiterate and very, very poor. Those that … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: J is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: I is for…

Tourist Information Centre There is a brand new tourist information centre located by the traffic lights in the centre of Coleford. The centre opened in March 2016 and has got involved in many events and tourism campaigns that the DeanWye has been a part of. Iron-ore mining The existence of coal and iron ore, together … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: I is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: H is for…

Huntley Huntley (meaning Huntsman's clearing) is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Huntelei. The village was the scene of fighting during the English civil war. In 1643 the Royalists took the parliamentary garrison, but they were betrayed and in 1644 the parliamentarians regained control. Dean Heritage Centre The Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire's leading attractions. Set across a stunning and … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: H is for…