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

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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.

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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.

Forest of Dean welcome fans to Rugby World Cup 2015

imageThe Forest of Dean is a great place to visit for those of you who are coming over to England (and Cardiff, Wales!) for the 2015 World cup in September-October 2015. While Gloucester is almost on our doorstep, Cardiff and Birmingham are also within easy reach, either by car or by train.

Between matches you can rest up in local bed and breakfasts, campsites, Youth Hostels, — we even have “glamping” for the discerning traveller. You can visit well-known areas such as Symonds Yat, Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle, Goodrich Castle; take refreshing walks along the river Wye, or through the woods; visit the Dean Heritage Center museum; visit craft shops in Taurus Crafts or Harts Barn.

While you are here, why not visit Hereford Cathedral where you can see the famous Mappa Mundi as well as a copy of the Magna Carta?

Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Tour guides can put together walks and short tours for you and your family. Make the most of your visit to this magical area!