About us

Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Tour Guides
Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Tour Guides

We are the official Guides for this area and were trained by the Forest of Dean District Council and the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association.

We all live locally and have extensive knowledge of the area we cover.

Lydney Park

Lydney Park
Remains of the Roman Temple at Lydney Park.

Lydney Park Estate  is currently open on Wednesdays and Sundays. As well as the gardens – aptly guarded by statues called Adam and Eve, the Roman remains and Museum are also included in the £5 per adult admission price.

Dutch students on the Wye and Coppett Hill

Dutch students landing at Bishopswood after a trip down river from Ross on Wye
Dutch students on a visit to the Wye Valley

Two of our guides took a party of biology students from the Netherlands on a walk over Coppett Hill. The students saw some fine views over the route they had just taken – Ross to Godrich by canoe. They walked the same slopes that artist Joshua Cristall walked in the 1820’s. Cristall painted some fine watercolours of women collecting and burning bracken on the hill. They found a snake that was actually a slowworm in St Giles churchyard and saw a white fox hiding from huntsmen behind a cliff. After the walk they continued their visit to the UK  by boarding their coach bound for London.

“They never stopped talking about how good it was”

val's coach tourForest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour guides escorted two two groups of retired GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) staff in coaches from Worthing around the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. GSK was once an important employer in the Forest of Dean, with a factory in Coleford manufacturing Ribena. This factory was recently taken over by the Japanese company Suntory. However, there is another historic GSK connection in the Forest: Horlicks, manufactured by GSK in Slough, was developed in the forest village of Ruardean by bothers James and William Horlick! The groups stopped for coffee  in the historic Verderers Court, part of the Speech House Hotel, and lunch in the market town of Monmouth. The tour organiser from GSK was thrilled with the arrangements and praised the two tour guides for their entertaining commentary and depth of knowledge of the area. “They never stopped talking about how good it was”, was the organiser’s comment about the groups’ experience of the tour.

From Norfolk to the Wye Valley

Reading the RSPB panels at Symonds Yat.

A lively group from Norfolk enjoyed a coach tour of the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, provided by Eastons Holidays. Starting from Coleford, they travelled past Puzzlewood, famous for its bizarre landscape which attracts filming as glamorous as Star Wars, past Clearwell Caves – no less famous as Dr. Who episodes were filmed there. They saw sites of ancient iron works, coal mines, quarries, the famous Speech House which houses the Verderers’ Court, and the charming villages of Ruardean, Lydbrook and English Bicknor.

Eastons coaches
The group was very punctual and the coach left on time!

They spent time at the lower Wye Valley’s most spectacular sites – Symonds Yat and Tintern Abbey. They stopped for lunch at the market town of Monmouth which straddles the River Wye and the River Monnow. Hopefully, their lunch was modest, as they eventually headed back via Chepstow and St. Briavel’s to Bells Hotel in Coleford for a sumptuous dinner.