We are now able to lead guided walks in our area in line with government instructions.
Our guided walks come under “Sport and physical activity” .
Please get in touch to find out if we can accommodate you or your group.
Most of us have been disappointed that our holidays have been cancelled due to the restrictions on movement caused by the pandemic Covid-19.
Robin Hood Coach tours, however, still managed to bring two coachloads of hearty visitors from Staffordshire to visit the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.
The coaches were set up so that social distanced seating took place. There was ample disinfectant and sanitizer, and all customers wore masks. As did the tour guide, who still managed to talk non-stop, even through a mask.
The coaches started from Bells Hotel in Coleford, visited Tintern Abbey, rode through the Wye Valley, and made a special effort to cover routes through the Forest that showed off the brilliant autumn colours. Most people enjoyed the glorious views from Yat Rock, where they were treated the sight of to two large military helicopters swooping up and down, practicing manoeuvres .
Fortunately the weather allowed all to sit outdoors for a mid-day snack at Beechenhurst, so that there were no concerns about getting too close!
A grandfather from the Forest of Dean builds a cardboard pirate ship during lockdown. See this BBC report
A new arrival to Parkend is a railway truck in Parkend Deep Navigation Collieries livery. The truck is sited on a newly restored section of the siding that once served the loading wharf at Marsh Sidings- just past the Fountain Inn in the distance.
Parkend Deep Navigation owned and operated several local collieries.
The inscription on this stone which looks as though it was carved yesterday says:
A FAVOURITE MARE
DIED 20TH MARCH 1897
THIS IS TO HER MEMORY
BY P. & I. M. B.
LET HER REMAINS REST UNDISTURBED
SHE WAS AN HONEST AND WILLING SERVANT.
The P. B. was Philip Baylis, Deputy Surveyor of the Forest of Dean from 1893 to 1906. The I.M. was Isabelle Marguerite Baylis. The Deputy Surveyor was a crown official that lived at Whitemead Park.
Philip Baylis left memorials to several of his beloved animals in the Whitemead grounds, notably Satan, Nellie Bly, Towser and Madge.
A DEAR LOVER OF HORSES
FOR OVER 11 YEARS
A FAITHFUL GUARDIAN AT WHITEMEAD
DIED AUGUST 7TH 1904
THIS TO HIS MEMORY BY PB
THIS SUNDIAL PLACED IN THE GARDEN OF WHITEMEAD PARK, DEAN FOREST OVER THE REMAINS OF SATAN … HE WAS BORN IN 1894 AND DIED AT WHITEMEAD PARK ON SUNDAY 25 FEB 1906. HE DEARLY LOVED THE SUNSHINE.