Out of ideas for a birthday present? Hire a guide!

A photo of A group of guests from Whitemead at the Geomap at New Fancy
A group of guests from Whitemead visit the Geomap at New Fancy

“I arranged to have a private walking tour for my husband’s 60th birthday with (a Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Tour Guide). She was a great tour guide. She knew lots about the area of the Forest of Dean where we were walking and offered a wide range of information on the industrial architecture, local history and geology-everything we had asked for! Thank you!

When a family from Bristol wanted an imaginative birthday present for their husband/father, they simply hired a tour guide to take them on a 2-2.5 walk through the Forest, with an introduction, and plenty of chatter along the way.

They first discussed this with the guide who immediately thought that the ideal starting point for industrial architecture, local history and geology was New Fancy, with the Geomap, the sculpture, the viewpoint and the screens. The guide designed a walk through windy, twisty paths that eventually reached Speech House Lake. The group came back via Spruce Ride and the ex-railway line — another one of the family’s interests! The group finally got back to New Fancy and climbed up to the viewpoint. They decided to have a picnic of bagels there. Being a bagel aficionado, the guide was even able to inform the daughter from Manchester where to find good bagels.