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Wellbeing in the Forest of Dean

A relaxing holiday in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

Relax, unwind and enjoy all of the wellness options which the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley around us have to offer. From blissfully calming treatments to activities and experiences which invite you to rest and reflect. We find that many of our guests come to stay with us because of the peace and tranquillity around us, the fresh air and the healing power of nature. Of course just walking in our beautiful ancient woodland is great for wellbeing, but the area is also home to some lovely experiences and pastimes to help you enjoy a relaxing holiday in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Here are some of our recommendations for something a little different:

Float in the Forest

There are many beneficial effects of floatation, and it is an ideal way to ease into a state of holiday bliss. Some people float because it gives them relief from the chronic pain of conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, back pain or sciatica. Many sportspeople use floating to help with sports rehabilitation. Others use it to help improve their sleep, or to calm the mind for meditation. You don’t have to have something ‘wrong’ to enjoy floatation though, you can just enjoy it for relaxation, a bit of fun and pampering too!

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Forest Bathing

Originating with the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, Forest Bathing is also known as Forest Therapy or Forest Medicine. It is a slow walking activity that prioritises sensory experiences over intellectual ones and is designed to be pleasurable and relaxing. Run by Carina, a local, experienced and certified Forest Therapy Guide/ Forestry England (FE) Learning Provider, these immersive experiences are run in various local, tranquil sites around the Forest of Dean near Edale House B&B.

This experience is a the perfect combination of the healing power of nature and an enjoyable outdoor experience. It can help reduce stress and boost energy and mental wellbeing. Plus it’s a unique way to explore the Forest of Dean.

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Birdwatching and Wildlife Walks

Ed Drewitt is a local naturalist who teaches people about wildlife and birdsong, and experiencing nature in an enjoyable way. Ed offers flexible walks and wildlife experiences for individuals, couples and groups of all ages, throughout the year. Edale House B&B is ideally situated of course, with RSPB Nagshead Nature Reserve next door and beautiful ancient woodland all around, so Ed can either come to you or you can choose from many other locations across the Forest to see, hear and explore the multitude of wildlife in the Forest of Dean. His dawn chorus and birdsong walks are especially magical, and a lovely romantic trip to take with a loved one too.

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Forest Hills Golf Course

A naturally undulating parkland golf course with panoramic views over the old market town of Coleford, Forest Hills is perfect for a day of golf. A stunning 6300 yard par 72 course, visitors are welcome and there are challenges for all levels. There’s a driving range to improve technique, a Coffee Republic lounge open to all and there is a bar and restaurant with a balcony if you just want to sit and take in the views too.

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Bathurst Outdoor Swimming Pool at Lydney

If you’re looking for a gentle outdoor activity then an open air swim at Bathurst Pool could do the trick.

Open only during the summer months it is a lovely place to spend a few hours. ‘Serious swim’ clubs also run and it is not far from Taurus Crafts perfect for picking up some local produce or popping into their cafe or garden centre afterwards.

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Elton Carp and Catfish Lakes are two popular purpose-built fishing lakes to the south of the Forest of Dean. Spend a few hours here or you could even learn to fish for the first time. Night fishing is also available.

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