Visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink

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 … Continue reading

22 December 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

22 December 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

21 December 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

20 December 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

19 December 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

16 December 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

14 December 2016 · Leave a comment

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. … Continue reading

12 December 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

12 December 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

8 December 2016 · Leave a comment