Hill 33 Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Hill 33 is the latest exhibit on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.

Hill 33 on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
Hill 33 on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Hill 33 is the latest exhibit on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. David Cotterell was inspired by “concertainer” units used by our armed forces to erect large defensive structures in Afganistan.

This sculture is the reverse of the process of the piling up of mining waste, then removing it at a later date.  Over 1,000 tonnes of waste was brought here to fill the containers and create this pyramid-like structure which is 11m high.

 This will eventually have bluebells and other forest plants adding to the attraction.

Wye Valley A.O.N.B. Walks

The Wye Valley A.O.N.B. organised a programme of walks for 2009. We led some of them:

Goodrich and Coppet Hill

Date: Thursday, December 10 2009
Time: 10:00am- 12:30pm
Leader:A Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Guide.
A challenging walk over Coppet Hill with views stretching to the Malvern Hills and Black Mountains.
Location: Goodrich
Distance: 5 Km/ 3 miles
Booking: Essential
Contact: Wye Valley AONB

English Bicknor to Yat Rock and back

Date: Sunday, November 15 2009
Time: 10:00am- 1:00pm
Leader:A Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Guide.
A walk in part of the parish of English Bicknor including the Lime Kilns at Rosemary Topping and the world famous views from Symonds Yat Rock.
Location: English Bicknor
Distance: 7 Km/ 4.3 miles
Booking: Essential
Contact: Wye Valley AONB

Piercefield

Date: Saturday, November 07 2009
Time: 10:00am- 2:00pm
Leader:A Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Guide.
Picturesque views opened up by the A.N.O.B. ‘Overlooking the Wye’ project.
Location: Piercefield, near Chepstow.
Distance: 10 Km/ 6 miles
Booking: Essential
Contact: Wye Valley AONB

Beyond Tintern Abbey

Date: Sunday, August 30 2009
Time: 10:00am- 1:00pm
Leader:A Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Guide.
A walk exploring the Angiddy Valley’s industrial heritage. During the 18th and 19th centuries the waters were harnessed to drive blast furnaces for the iron industry.
Our guide will bring the era to life, while we enjoy sublime views of the landscape.
Location: Tintern
Distance: 5 miles
Booking: Essential
Contact: Wye Valley AONB

Whitebrook Mills

Took place on Sunday, May 10 2009

Location: Redbrook
Distance: 6 miles

Comments from walkers, in answer to the question to what did you enjoy most about the Whitebrook Mills walk?:

  • “Lots, but the scenery, quality of leadership and the warm spring weather made for a perfect event.”
  • “Beautiful route, interesting opportunity to visit Mill ruins, v. pleasant company.”
  • “Having an informative and unfamiliar view of an area I know reasonably well.”
  • “Please pass on my thanks again to (the guide) who obviously did a lot of research on this walk, super job!”,

Echo, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

The opening of 'Echo' on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail on Sunday 20th July 2008.

The Sculpture was designed by Annie Cattrell (far right). After many research visits to the Forest, Annie produced the work in Bristol. This resin based sculpture contains aluminium powder to produce just the effect Annie was looking for. It echos the quarry in which it sits. It also echos itself on each side with both ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ depictions of the face of the quarry.