In the Footsteps of Henry V

Spectacular views
Spectacular views

We may have been on a guided walk In the Footsteps of Henry V, but we doubt that he encountered as many stiles as we did. Agincourt would have been more straightforward. Nevertheless, we had amazing views of his childhood home on the Courtfield Estate on the River Wye. We also used our imaginations to visualise the magnificent railway viaduct that used to dominate the landscape by Lower Lydbrook.

We all agreed that it was a glorious walk in unseasonably summery weather. According to a Garmin GPS unit worn by one of the walkers, we did 11 miles and burned off at least 1,000 calories. Maybe more, given the climb up the Hope Mansell Dome. After lunch we had a further climb up to Ruardean — home of Horlicks. We did not need a glass to tire us out.

Can’t wait for the next walk.

Walk of the Month, The Independent on Sunday

‘Walk of the Month’ in the Independent on Sunday of 6th March 2011 was based in the Forest of Dean.

You can almost hear the corks pop
You can almost hear the corks pop in these woods

The Independent – 6 March 2011

Journalist Mark Rowe’s ‘Walk of the Month’ in the Independent on Sunday of 6th March 2011 was based in the Forest of Dean. Mark was guided on his walk by a member of the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Tour Guides, visiting some of the attractions that make the Forest of Dean special: New Fancy, Speech House Lake, Spruce Ride, the Speech House, the Sculpture Trail, Beechenhurst visitor centre, Cannop ponds and Monument Mine. The photo above shows the Verderer’s monument opposite the Speech House with a HOOF sign on the tree in the background. This is the sign that was taken down by Baroness Jan Royall of Blaisdon when the threat to our woodlands was averted.

Spring in your step

Daily Telegraph article, 5/3/2011.

Spring in your step

Article in the Daily Telegraph of 5/3/2011 by journalist Nigel Richardson. Nigel’s walk was devised and led by a Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Tour Guide. Read the article

The group in the photo are visiting “Echo” an exhibit on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. Echo was created by Annie Cantrell. The sculpture echoes the quarry face behind it and also echoes itself – one side being in reverse relief of the other,

Forest of Dean Freewalkers

Six intrepid walkers – five human and one canine – have successfully completed a challenging series of walks known as the 100 St. Briavels walks.

Six intrepid walkers – five human and one canine – have successfully completed a challenging series of walks known as the 100 St. Briavels walks.

During 2010 the walkers met at 10 different locations to complete 10 walks, ranging in length from 8 – 16 miles. The walks covered areas displaying some of the best views and little known attractions in and around the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, from daffodils in Dymock to lime kilns in Lydbrook.

The 100 of St Briavels walks are the brainchild of David Ballard, one of the tour guides. Dave has designed an innovative series of walks that provide participants with a goal and a chance to explore the wonders and hidden treasures of the area. Those who complete the walks are given an exclusive badge and the title “Freewalker”.

The successful walkers, including Paddy the jolly collie, attended an event at Speech house where they were presented with certificates and badges by Donald Johns, a Forest of Dean Freeminer.

The walks are starting up again on Sunday, 13 March at Dymock, home of the famous World War I poets. Come join us and try it out. Click the ‘100 of St Briavels Walks’  link on the left.