Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
In the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean there’s so much to do that doesn’t cost a penny, enjoy a freebie this Valentine’s Day.
Height of passion
Take a romantic stroll across the wooden bridge at Symonds Yat Rock, then hold tight as you gaze down from the peak to the winding River Wye 120-metres below.
Pack a blanket and picnic then head deep into the Forest where no one can hear you scream. Lay back and look at the sky through the treetop canopy, let the breeze brush your cheek while rustling leaves and bird song tantalise your ears.
Enjoy a breathless daytime stroll to the top of May Hill and marvel at the views from this highpoint. Take a torch, a blanket, wrap up warm, fill a flask with hot chocolate and enjoy a moonlit drink while stargazing over the three counties.
Stroll carefree hand in hand around magical Mallard Pike and watch sunbeams bounce off the rippling water. Listen to the ducks quack, trees rustle and the gentle lap of the lake as it strokes the bushy bank beneath you.
Take a pair of binoculars to Symonds Yat Rock and spot beautiful birds such as the imperial Peregrine Falcons as they soar above the River Wye.
Follow in the footsteps of Nelson and Lady Hamilton at The Kymin where you will enjoy stunning views from the Grade II-listed Roundhouse, which boasts picturesque views from every angle.
Grab your partner’s hand and head to Cannop Ponds where couples can play poo sticks on the bridge or sit a while on one of the jetties and watch the wildlife including mandarin ducks, swards and dragonflies.
All Saints Church in Newland has seen many weddings in its 800-year-old history, why not plan your future together from the affectionately named, Cathedral of the Forest.
The Forest is home to the Sculpture Trail which begs for selfies at every one of its 17 installations along the four-mile adventure through art. The highlight is a 15ft high stained-glass window suspended from the tree canopy, check it out before heading to Beechenhurst Cafe for a warm drink.