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 with charcoal from the Forest for smelting, stimulated early industrial development in the area. Since Roman times, this mineral wealth has been explored, exploited and exported. The digging for iron has left distinctive galleries or ‘scowles’ in the rock face; the coal mining has produced tips of waste and furnaces and forges line river courses. Today, these symbols of the Forest industrial past have been softened by time and today are integrated into the landscape. These scowles can be seen by visiting Puzzle Wood and Cinderbury.


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