Edale House B&B is located in the historic village of Parkend which is in the heart of the Forest of Dean and is surrounded by open access Forestry Commission woodland. A cricket ground sits in the centre of this friendly, welcoming community with a shop and café and a pub on either side. Parkend is a popular destination for walking, cycling and bird watching. RSPB Nagshead nature reserve, which is next door to Edale House B&B, is an excellent base to watch the local wildlife including deer and wild boar, as well as birds, butterflies and other insects. For steam train enthusiasts there is also Parkend Station, which is one end of the line for the Dean Forest Railway, with the other in Lydney.
Located between the Forest towns of Lydney and Coleford, Parkend is within easy reach of many tourist attractions and other facilities available in the Forest and the adjoining Wye Valley. Please see our Attractions page for more on things to do and see in the Forest of Dean.
Parkend is a charming village and benefits from two excellent pub restaurants within walking distance. Edale House B&B is next door to the charming Woodman pub and restaurant and The Fountain is a short walk away. There is also a café at Dean Forest Cycles in Parkend and within a short driving distance you also have a wide range of pubs, restaurants and cafes.
The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley:
The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire sits between the rivers Severn and Wye and provides an intriguing blend of history and landscape beauty. Originally the hunting preserve of kings and later the site of intensive mining and quarrying, the Forest has now reclaimed its own to create an area of stunning woodland, rocky outcrops and industrial archaeology offering a wide range of tourist facilities.
The Forest of Dean is one of Britain’s last ancient crown forests. Covering some 27,000 acres/42.5 square miles, this historic woodland was designated the first National Forest Park in 1938. The villages and small market towns of the Forest also boast a rich and varied history.
The Wye Valley follows the River Wye between England and Wales from Chepstow in the South to the Brecon Beacons in the north west. We are just a short drive from some of the most beautiful sections of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including Symonds Yat, Redbrook and Tintern. There are watersports available including canoeing and kayaking, historical locations such as Tintern Abbey and Goodrich Castle, much opportunity for walking including Offa’s Dyke path and much to see and do.
Whether you prefer adventure or relaxation, there really is something for everyone here. The Forest of Dean and the adjoining Wye Valley provide a wide range of facilities and attractions to suit all tastes, from bird watching and walking to high adrenaline sports such as off road cycling and driving, canoeing, combat sports and a tree top Go Ape rope course. There are also nearby cities and towns including Gloucester, Cheltenham, Ross on Wye, Monmouth and Chepstow.
But above all we have the forest itself, ever changing from the stark beauty of winter through the pinks and purples of acres of bluebells and the vivid greens of spring and summer to the dramatic rust and gold colours of autumn. The Forest of Dean is a unique area and one of outstanding natural beauty which people fall in love with and return to time and time again.
If you are looking for a Forest of Dean stay with charm and comfort you’ll love Edale House. Our 4 star B&B accommodation provides an ideal home away from home for your holiday.