The Forest of Dean is one of the Top Three UK Forests featured on Instagram, according to hashtag data compiled by Away Resorts*. Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism who promote the Forest of Dean as a year-round all-weather destination are thrilled that the Forest that spans three counties and two countries, is so popular with Instagrammers from all around the World, coming second in the poll. The Forest of Dean was beaten by The New Forest to first place, with Sherwood Forest coming third. The #ForestofDean hashtag has been used 102,955 times on Instagram.
The Forest of Dean is a destination visitors flock to and Instagrammers are spoilt for choice in the subject matter they can use throughout the year; in the spring stunning bluebells; during the summer shady walks amongst the trees, mountain bike riding, canoeing and exciting attractions to visit; in the autumn, beautiful autumn colours as the leaves turn gold and red; in the winter, frosty walks and cosy pub fires to enjoy. The Forest crosses the county borders of Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire as well as spanning the England/Wales border making it a truly unique destination in the UK.
The Forest of Dean still has its distinctive Freeminers working their mines as they have since medieval times, but looking further back into the Forest’s past, stunning landscapes, ancient monuments, and unique geological formations have inspired storytellers for thousands of years and steeped this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in thrilling tales of fantastic figures and mythical creatures. The Forest of Dean has been an inspiration for iconic figures such as Henry V and J R R Tolkien and was also the childhood home of J K Rowling as well as providing locations for key scenes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Maureen McAllister, Executive Director of Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism said: “We’re thrilled that the Forest of Dean is so prominent on Instagram and that our #ForestofDean hashtag is proven so popular. There are hundreds of pictures on Instagram which encapsulate all the incredible history, heritage and exciting activities that take place in the Forest today, whether it is enjoying good food and drink or just getting closer to nature walking through the woodland”.
For more information on visiting the Forest of Dean see www.wyedeantourism.co.uk
*Away Resorts, operator of six holiday resorts based in the UK, analysed the Instagram hashtag use of 70 forests in the UK and have used the data to create an interactive landing page with the top 25 instagrammable forests.