A to Z of the DeanWye: Z is for…

Zinderford The town is relatively young, coming into existence in the 19th century, following the rapid expansion of the local iron andcoal industries. The name Cinderford, used for a crossing-point, is recorded as early as 1258. The name reflects the site of early ironmaking which created deposits of cinders, sometimes in large mounds. Notable people from Cinderford include the … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: Z is for…

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Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this Christmas and New Year

Welsh Grand National Join Chepstow Racecourse for the biggest race meeting of the year, the £150,000 Coral Welsh Grand National, one of the most prestigious jump fixtures of the season in the UK and the richest race in Wales. This is great festive day out for friends and family. Brush away those Christmas blues and … Continue reading Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this Christmas and New Year

A to Z of the DeanWye: Y is for…

River Y (Wye) The River Wye (Welsh: Afon Gwy) is the fifth-longest river in the UK, stretching some 215 kilometres (134 mi) from its source on Plynlimon in mid Wales to the Severn estuary. For much of its length the river forms part of the border between England and Wales. The Wye Valley (lower part) is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[1][2] The Wye is important for nature conservation and recreation. Mrs … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: Y is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: X is for…

X Marks the Centre Spot Speech House is considered the Centre of the forest.  It is now a hotel, but originally it was built as a Royal Hunting Lodge in 17th Century.  The Verderers' Court is still held at Speech House, one of the area's most famous landmarks. Xtreme Mountain Biking Forest of Dean provides … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: X is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: W is for…

Whitecroft Small village just north of Lydney.  Dean Forest Railway is a 4.5 mile line which runs through woodland and countryside.  Five stations along the way including Whitecroft.  There is an annual ‘Whitecroft Wellie which is local music festival – there is a paint a wellie competition.  The venue is at the Miners Arms famous … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: W is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: V is for…

Vineyard With around 80 acres, Three Choirs is one of the larger vineyards in the country. It is also one of the most long-established, being first planted in 1973 (first vintage 1976). Three Choirs continues its innovative wine production, with a number of acres set aside as an experimental vineyard, planting new varieties and monitoring … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: V is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: U is for…

Upleadon Is a village and civil parish situated 10.5 km north-west of Gloucester. Soon after the Norman conquest Upleadon became part of the estates of Gloucester Abbey and was recorded as such in the Domesday Book.[2] Taking advantage of the nearby river, there was a period when iron forges were a focal point for the community but these were subsequently converted … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: U is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: T is for…

Tintern By the late 18th century, tourism had started in the Wye Valley, with many visitors travelling on the river to see Tintern Abbey and other "picturesque" sites in the area. Tintern Abbey was founded beside the river by Walter de Clare on 9 May 1131, during the reign of King Henry I. It was the second Cistercian foundation in Britain, and … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: T is for…

Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Sleeping Beauty Once upon a time, in a far-away land, a beautiful princess pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls under the spell of the wicked witch. With your help cheering them on, will the Prince, the Good Fairy, the Dame and her friends be able to save her? We guarantee you’ll have … Continue reading Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

A to Z of the Dean Wye: S is for…

Soudley Nearby attractions include the Dean Heritage Centre, Soudley Ponds and the Blaize Bailey viewpoint. Activities at the Dean Heritage Centre include chain-saw wood carving and courses on manual wood turning to make items such as chairs and candlestick holders. There are also many educational resources available on site and, as a result, the Centre is regularly frequented by … Continue reading A to Z of the Dean Wye: S is for…