Christmas guests at Speech House enjoyed much more than a lavish dinner. Guests were invited to put on their boots and join a Xmas morning with with a Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Tour guide. Using Spruce Ride as a base, the walk zigged and zagged back and forth, taking in Speech House Lake, Reform Bridge, the disused railway path, and peeking into the Cyril Hart Arboretum. Besides the growing spruces, walkers saw abundant Douglas Firs, beech trees, Scots pines, birches, and the mighty oak trees for which the Forest of Dean is famous.
Walkers got back to Speech House in time to don their glad rags and feast on canapes and cocktails. Not bad!