A group of bloggers in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley sampling some of the activities on offer.
Some members of the group set off from PedalABikeAway to experience Mountain Biking in the Forest. First they explored the Family Cycle Trail. This was followed by an ascent of the Verderers Trail in Sallowvallets and a swift descent back to PedalABikeAway.
This challenge at Forest of Dean Adventure at Christchurch involved negotiating a high wire with the aid of a series of giant red balls – not as easy as it looks. Four challenges were provided here including a zip wire that could be ridden upside-down – which several bloggers tried.
A large group of visitors to Whitemead set out on a woodland walk on the first day of Spring led by one of our guides.
They soon passed some unusual wild boar mootings, much more extensive than the usual turning over of turf, before setting off into the woodland. They were all eager to find out about the wild boar, the free roaming sheep and the Forest of Dean customs.
The weather remained dry and the group was welcomed back to Parkend by the sound of a woodpecker near to Parkend Pike House.
Despite the rain, guests staying at Whitemead, Parkend enjoyed a woodland walk on New Year’s Day morning. The guests came from as close as Bristol and as far away as Kent to spend their holiday at Whitemead in the Forest of Dean. The rain had made it a little muddy underfoot but the guests were well prepared and were game for the minor ups and downs of the 3 mile walk led by our guide.
A group of 13 visitors to the Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell took advantage of the fine weather on the Boxing Day guided walk around the village of Clearwell. Our guide showed them some of the interesting features of the village while avoiding the muddy footpaths. A house owner helpfully added their knowledge to that of the guide to provide an insight into the hospital that once served the village.
Five walkers and 3 dogs from Whitemead passed a Charles II Oak on the weekly walk. This Oak tree has survived from the early 1700s and looked very impressive in the Autumn sunshine. Later they crossed the newly re-opened but already busy Parkend to Cannop road.