Step out of Edale House B&B and the forest is all around you. We take our dog Rolo out walking in it every day, and still love exploring new paths, seeing the changes which the different seasons bring and occasionally glimpsing the varied wildlife which cross our path. So we completely understand why so many of our guests come here looking for a walking holiday in the Forest of Dean! We get weekend walkers, dog walkers, hikers and those looking to achieve a milestone such as the 100-mile Gloucestershire Way. Whatever your reason, we think this is the ideal location for a walking holiday.
Why Go Walking in the the Forest of Dean
Walking in the forest is what most people do when they come on holiday to the Forest of Dean. It’s not surprising! It’s not only a beautiful part of the world, but a very varied one. There are many hills, some with stunning viewpoints, and fields and meadows to stroll through. There are pine trees with their lovely smell, oak, beech, lime, ash, chestnut and many other types of tree. There are wild orchids and foxgloves, wild garlic and of course the incredible bluebells. Much history, especially mining, has left its mark on the landscape: there are quarries, cliffs, hidden tunnels, old mines and many old railway lines which are now flat straight footpaths or cycle paths. There are also many ponds and lakes, as well as streams throughout the forest, and of course the River Severn to the south and the River Wye to the west and north. Then there are the attractions, such as the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail – a gentle walk through the forest with the bonus of viewing a range of modern sculptures. But mainly, there is just the forest: the peaceful, vast, strong, reliable forest which always provides a tranquil place to spend a day walking.
Walking Routes Near Our B&B
Why not spend your first day exploring the village of Parkend which we are located in, and some of the footpaths which run directly from our B&B? It’s good to get your bearings after all. Try the Parkhill Enclosure to the south which has a lovely stream ‘The Lyd’ running alongside it, a beautiful range of deciduous and evergreen trees and we’ve seen deer and boar here too. Or take a stroll through Nagshead RSPB Nature Reserve just behind us which for wildlife lovers is second to none (find our more about the wildlife you can see here on our Wildlife page). The path behind the Dean Forest Railway provides some lovely views also, as you climb the small hill which has St Paul’s Church at the top. The ancient forest surrounding Edale House offers our guests a wonderful range of options. We’re sure you’ll enjoy spending a few days breathing in the fresh air, walking the well laid paths and perhaps stopping in a cafe or pub along the way.
Walking Routes Around the Forest of Dean
There are some great walking guides out there, and the Ordnance Survey map for the area has all the major paths marked on it including the Gloucestershire Way – a 100-mile path running through the whole county. A lovely section of the Gloucestershire Way to do runs through the centre of the Forest of Dean. Join it at Parkend where it enters Nagshead. The path is wide and well laid and easy to follow. Within a mile you will reach the southern tip of the first of the group of ponds known as Cannop Ponds. The path takes you away from them but we recommend sticking to the eastern side of the ponds to get the best views of them and then rejoining the Gloucestershire Way nearer the northern end of the ponds. Continuing on a lovely path you will end up at Speech House. This is the ideal spot to stop for some lunch or a well-earned tea and cake. Following the Gloucestershire Way north from here will take you past another stunning stretch of water, this time Woorgreens Lake. This is a less well-known area and there is often much more wildlife here (as well as fewer people!). The stretch of forest here continues on an even and wide path right through to the north east of the forest past Mitcheldean.
For a walking holiday in the Forest of Dean, you won’t go wrong with a stay at the B&B for walkers – Edale House, in the heart of the Forest of Dean!