The Gloucestershire Way in the Forest of Dean

A photo of the England-Wales border

Above: the border between England and Wales runs through the centre of this bridge over the river Wye at Chepstow. This historic iron bridge also separates Gloucestershire from Monmouthshire. Beneath the bridge the tidal range can be more than 40 feet. A massive 48 foot tide can be expected a few times a year.

Wye Valley Greenway

A photo of the entrance to the Tidenham tunnel
The entrance to the Tidenham tunnel.

The Gloucestershire Way passes close to the entrance to the Tidenham Tunnel on the Wye Valley Greenway. Check the Wye Valley Greenway web site for details of this acclaimed walking and cycling route.

A lonely Monolith

A photo showing a monument to Queen Victoria
A lonely monument in the woods

This monolith was erected to commemorate 60 years on the throne of Queen Victoria. It can be seen in an isolated location very close to the Gloucestershire Way approximately 3 1/2 miles from the start in Chepstow. Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee year was 1897”.

DB explained on Facebook: “Erected in 1897 to celebrate the jubilee of Queen Victoria; the story goes it was transported by boat up the river and then broke en route to the forest. It was erected near to where it broke rather than just smash it up hence the towing ironwork still left in it.

A carved wooden gate

A carved wooden butterfly at Poor's Allotment.
A carved wooden butterfly at Poor’s Allotment.

In the same area, further North on the Gloucestershire Way is this butterfly carved onto a heart on a wooden gate to Poor’s Allotment. Another, more often seen carving, is an adder carved on a roadside gate on the B4228 opposite the car park on Tidenham Chase.

A secluded pond on a farm.

A photo of a pond at Wilsbury.
A pond on the Gloucestershire Way.

As the Gloucestershire Way approaches Bream it passes very close to this pond on private land. The water from this valley eventually ends up in the river Severn. In the past the water was used to power downstream mills.

A Dean Forest Boundary Stone

A photo of a boundary stone near Bream.
A boundary stone near Bream

This is one of more than 200 boundary stones erected in 1832 to mark out the boundary of the Forest of Dean. This one, as the path nears Bream, is number 51 and carries an additional inscription (in Latin): ‘J? Benfield fecit’.
This photo was taken in winter. It will be difficult to locate this stone in summer when the vegetation grows up – unless you have a guide.

Parkend Folly

A photo of a gallery at Parkend Folly
The gallery at Parkend Folly.

As you near Parkend, at Parkend Folly, behind the window is the gallery of renowned potter and artist Mary Rose Young. The gallery is open to the public most weekdays and the entrance is nearby.

A crocodile in one of the ponds at Cannop

A photo of a crocodile at Cannop
A croc lurks in Cannop Pond.

A crocodile lurks, stone-cold and still, very close to the Gloucestershire Way at Cannop. The croc. is a creation of nearby Forest of Dean Stone Firms.