Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour Guides

Forest of Dean welcome fans to Rugby World Cup 2015

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The Forest of Dean is a great place to visit for those of you who are coming to the 2015 World cup in September-October 2015.

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A working Forest

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Guests from Whitemead on a regular Wednesday morning woodland walk

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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.

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From Norfolk to the Wye Valley

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Comments are off


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. 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.


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

New Fancy Goshawks

Posted on March 18, 2015 by Comments are off

New Fancy viewpoinr

Birdwatchers looking for Goshawk at New Fancy

Eight walkers from Whitemead enjoyed the Spring-like weather on a walk to New Fancy viewpoint. Bird watchers were out in force as it is a prime time of year to see Goshawk from the vantage point. Also on the walk was Biscuit – a Golden Labrador who turned into a chocalate brown lab as the walk progressed. Biscuit took advantage of every puddle and patch of mud along the route.


Ship Dip

Posted on March 11, 2015 by Comments are off

Sheep dip tank

Ship Dip

Walkers from Whitemead, Parkend were shown a tank that it is said was formerly used as a ship dip. Ship is the local word for sheep. Sheep that wander the forest have to be dipped anually – but no longer in this tank which has recently come back into view after the undergrowth was cleared. Often sheep dips were located near streams for ease of filling.

Another possibility is that the tank may have been a water holding tank to be used as a water source in the case of a forest fire.

Walking off the Xmas dinner

Posted on December 27, 2014 by Comments are off

boxing day 2014A group of hardy walkers braved the threatening Boxing Day skies and did a two-hour morning walk from the CSMA site, Whitemead, at Parkend. Walks are lovely any time of year, but winter walks have a particular aspect: because of the lack of foliage, the views are much more distinct and far-reaching. Walkers saw a variety of deciduous trees before turning into an area that is mainly packed with tall, dense rows of conifers. If you look closely, you can even find distinctive redwoods. There was evidence that the wild boar had been out in force overnight but, as usual, they were nowhere to be seen. Walkers were shown which routes to take to get to Coleford, Darke Hill Iron Works, Cannop Ponds and Nagshead RSPB reserve. This walk followed old railway lines, forestry tracks and trails, and even an old horse-drawn tramway line. When the walk was over, walkers were certainly ready for a substantial Boxing Day lunch – if they could face it.

A whirlwind tour

Posted on October 3, 2014 by Comments are off

tea at old courtA Probus group from Cheshire enjoyed a whirlwind tour of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Starting at Chepstow, the group then travelled into the depths of the Forest, past notable places such as Dark Hill, Nagshead, Speech House, the Dean Heritage Centre, then on to Ross-on-Wye to browse and grab some lunch. The group then went on to Symonds Yat West for a boat trip starting from the grounds of St. Dubricius Church, with its magnicent 17th century tulip tree. The group was fortunate enough to see a hand ferry in operation, starting from the Saracens Head in Symonds Yat East, to the west side. After the boat trip, everyone enjoyed a lavish cream tea at the 16th century Old Court Hotel. To some on the trip, the highlight of the day was yet to come. The coach the the road along the River Wye and stopped at Tintern Abbey so that all could take a look at the magnificent ruin and take some memorable photos.


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