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Walking Holidays in the Forest of Dean

Ancient forest

Looking for accommodation for your walking holiday in the Forest of Dean? With miles and miles of idyllic ancient forest around us, walkers come from all over the country (and abroad) to explore these paths. We get many guests staying at Edale House B&B who come just for this reason. The Forest of Dean is perfect for walking holidays, with well laid paths, excellent signage, varied terrain and beautiful scenery. Whether you are looking for a peaceful stroll or a lengthy hike, the Forest has everything a walking holiday needs!

The Gloucestershire Way Forest of Dean

Walking from Edale House B&B

Edale House is ideally situated for walkers as there is a path from the back of our garden! Turn north onto this path and you will reach the gorgeous Cannop Ponds in just 1 mile. From there you can also access Beechenhurst Lodge (1 mile from Cannop) which has an excellent café serving hot and cold food and the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. Turn south from Edale House and you will quickly (in around 200 metres) reach the RSPB Nagshead nature reserve which has its own excellent trails and paths and covers an area of around 120 hectares (297 acres). We are surrounded by woodland here at Edale House Bed and Breakfast, so you have plenty of options without even having to get in your car!

There are several other well known walks around us too. The villages of Moseley Green (1.5 miles east) and Whitecroft (1 mile south) have great pubs at both destinations. There are also interesting walks to Norchard (3.5 miles south), the Darkhill Ironworks site (2 miles west), New Fancy View (1.5 miles north east) and Mallards Pike Lake (1.8 miles north east). The options are endless, and you might want to lengthen your stay as there are so many miles of beautiful forest to cover!

For walking holidays in the Forest of Dean, Edale House B&B is the perfect location and a relaxing home away from home to return to after a long day. A storage area is located just inside the front door for muddy boots and hiking clothes. Our guest lounge is well stocked with leaflets and walking guides, and we also have waterproof maps for sale.

Local Paths and Trails

Walking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Forest of Dean for both visitors and residents. At any time of year the forest provides an exceptional landscape, with bluebells and wild garlic in the spring, a wide variety of trees, flora and fauna, a burst of reds and oranges in autumn and crisp open woodland in winter.

Whatever type of walk you’re looking for, there is something for everyone here. There are several organised trails and national trails too. For example:

Walking holiday in the Forest of Dean

The Gloucestershire Way

A 100-mile path running from Tutshill in the west of Gloucestershire, through the Forest of Dean and into the Cotswolds, it passes just 600 metres from Edale House B&B through the RSPB Nagshead nature reserve. This is a well trodden path and a highly recommended walk for our visitors, whichever section you decide to do, or perhaps you might want to do it all! Find out more here.

Offa’s Dyke Path

The well known Offa’s Dyke path is around 150 miles in length and roughly follows the border between England and Wales. The sections nearest us along the south part of the Wye Valley are spectacular, especially around Tintern, Bigsweir Bridge, Redbrook and Monmouth. Find out more about the path here.

Walking Tours

Looking to organise or take part in a walking holiday? We frequently host groups taking part in walking holidays including those with specialist tour operators. We can sleep up to 12 people, and with our guest lounge, dining room and bar, plus large gardens, we’re a great choice for groups looking to have a holiday together.

We can also recommend local tour guides the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour Guides. This knowledgeable group offer guided walks lasting from about two hours to all day. They are happy to create bespoke tours for particular locations/subjects also and have guides that specialise in folklore, history, architecture, and nature. Find out more here.

With our great facilities for walkers, and being in such an ideal location for exploring the many miles of paths around us, we’re perfectly suited to be your walking holiday accommodation of choice.

Offas Dkye Path Edale House Bed and Breakfast


Walks and trails in the Forest of Dean provide great dog walking routes too. We have two dog friendly rooms in Edale House B&B and dogs will be in heaven with the miles and miles of woodland to explore. Find out more about our dog friendly rooms here.

Food and Drink

See our eating out page for all the information on nearby cafes, pubs, restaurants and delis – you could plan a pub walk from Edale House or enjoy a cafe treat on your way back. Or maybe you’d prefer to book a pre-made picnic so you can stop for lunch at your leisure? All options are available in the Forest of Dean!

Information and Maps

Ordnance Survey Map OL14 covers a wide area across the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley and is well marked for walking and cycling paths. You can also see our Tourism Association’s website which has many maps and guides. See their 12 Easy Walks in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley here plus a list of other walks in the area here. If you have any questions about where to go please ask us.

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