Friends from Home and Abroad visit the Forest of Dean.

Visitors from California and Devon on a trip to the Forest.

A photo of A recital of Devil's Chapel by F W Harvey

On a beautiful, sunny, winter day, a group of friends from both sides of the Atlantic were shown three interesting sites in the Forest of Dean.

Dark Hill

Dark Hill near Coleford a few days previously
Dark Hill near Coleford a few days previously

They first visited Dark Hill and heard about the work of David and Robert Mushet, pioneers in metallurgy  while walking around the remains of the furnace and brickworks. The infamous high-profile trial of Beatrice Pace was mentioned before they spotted the Dark Hill bear and inspected the entrance to Mushet’s coal level.

Devil’s Chapel

An old photo of rocks in Devil's Chapel
An old photo of rocks in Devil’s Chapel

Next was a visit to Devil’s Chapel where the guide recited the poem of the same name written by Gloucestershire poet F. W. Harvey. ‘Back in the day’, Harvey presided over concerts in the woodland here given by the Whitecroft Male Voice Choir.

Lydney Harbour

A photo of Lydney Harbour
A photo of an empty Lydney Harbour outer basin. The lock gates are currently stuck in the open position.

Then came a visit to Lydney Harbour  with the unusual stone compass and slowly disappearing skeletons of beached barges on the riverside. There were great views up and down the Severn Estuary and towards the Cotswolds across the water.  Finally came a visit to Taurus Crafts – close to the site of the Roman temple to the god Nodens on Lydney Park Estate.