When it comes to being in the countryside and enjoying nature, the Forest of Dean has plenty for you to enjoy. Relax and take time out from busy daily life, and all the stress that it brings.

The ancient forest of Dean, encompasses a large area in the west of Gloucestershire, also bordering on Wales and Herefordshire. Packed full of history, as well as stunning scenery, secluded woodland walks and plenty of activities for families to enjoy out of doors – it is just what we all need right now!

Whether you want to walk into the forests and explore – don’t forget to take walking maps from https://www.themapshop.co.uk/Explorer_Walking_Maps.htm – or whether you want to enjoy the activities that are on offer in the area, you will find something to please everyone.

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On a rainy day, head deep underground to the eerie and beautiful Clearwell Caves. These natural caves were used for many years for mining iron ore and are said to still be haunted by the ghost of a miner!

Puzzlewood is a great place to explore some of the most intriguing woodland in the country – the twisty turns and tree roots, are dispersed with deeper caverns and this is the area that is said to have inspired Tolkien to write about Middle Earth!

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If you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie, you will really enjoy the National diving centre at Chepstow. As well as diving, you can also experience the thrill of a zipline as you soar across the quarry!