Top 10 things for you to “Try in July” in the Dean Wye

As the summer is giving us glorious weather encouraging us to be outside more, Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism have come up with a list of Top 10 things for you, friends or family to Try in July.

For the sun worshipper there are outside activities, including walking, cycling, or gorge scrambling up a river. For anyone wanting a calmer pace, or for those who prefer to be out of the sun, take a walk in the shade of the forest, explore ancient buildings or try a brewery tour, you can always enjoy the view from a seat in the sun afterwards. If you want to explore more or try more activities, there are plenty of ideas, attractions and places to visit on the website, as well as plenty of places to sit down for a well-earned meal or drink. What will you try in July?

Puzzlewood Autumn, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. UK.


Puzzlewood is a magical day out in the Forest of Dean. An enchanting, ancient woodland, filled with fantastic tree and rock formations. A popular TV & Film location for the BBC and Warner Bros.


Go Ape Tree Top Junior

A fun filled family day out exploring the tree tops over high ropes obstacles. No one loves adventure more than kids.


Footgolf – Forest Hills Golf Club

Family friendly football activity which takes place on a dedicated Footgolf course and takes about an hour. No particular skills are needed but the footballers in your family will score best.

Forest of Dean & Wye Valley, Dean Heritage Centre
Forest of Dean & Wye Valley, Dean Heritage Centre

Dean Heritage Centre

The history of the Forest from the Ice Age to present day; the Gruffalo woodland trail, a reconstructed Forester’s cottage; animals; a charcoal burner’s camp; a woodland playground.

Forest of Dean & Wye Valley

Beechenhurst Lodge

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest and is a great place to start your adventure. Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, shop and climbing tower.


Chepstow Castle

The first stone built castle in Wales, now the ruins of Chepstow Castle have a spectacular setting on cliffs over the River Wye.

Forest of Dean & Wye Valley, Beechenhurst.
Forest of Dean & Wye Valley, Beechenhurst.

The Sculpture Trail

The Trail features sculptures created by artists to interpret the Forest environment and the history of this very unusual landscape. It provides a unique opportunity to walk through the woodlands and discover art along the way.


Gorge Scrambling Experience

Exciting, fun, family friendly, wet based activity perfect for a summer adventure that all will enjoy.  The Gorge Scrambling Experience involves scrambling rocks, climbing waterfalls and venturing through a dark tunnel with water rushing by.

Hillside Group Fun SM

Hillside Brewery

Traditionally crafted real ales, only using the finest ingredients and using the brewery’s own mineral rich bore hole, to create full flavour real ales naturally conditioned in the cask or bottle. They host brewery tours, visits, special events and brew days.


Cannop Cycle Centre

This centre, on the site of an old colliery, is the ideal place to start your cycling adventure. Enjoy a gentle ride through the forest on the Family Cycle Trail or test your skills on one of the MTB or downhill trails.


For more information on visiting the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and to find the perfect thing to try in July see


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