Wellbeing in the Forest of Dean

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

Floatation (or ‘floating’) is a relaxation therapy where you float effortlessly on the surface of warm salty water. It gives a feeling of weightlessness, relaxes the muscles and calms the mind and can now be tried at Float in the Forest, a floatation centre between the villages of Whitecroft and Bream, just a couple of minutes from Edale House B&B by car or a 25-30 minute walk through lovely woodland.

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 fun and pampering too!

There are two float pods at Float in the Forest, so although the float itself is a private experience, you can book with someone else and enjoy the ‘post-float glow’ together. There is also a relaxation lounge where you can chill out on comfy sofas after your float, with local art on the walls to gaze at and intriguing books on relevant topics for you to peruse if you wish. Everything is provided too including fluffy towels, natural toiletries and organic teas. You could even go for a gentle walk in the woods after your float, enjoy a meal or afternoon tea at one of the many pubs or cafes or maybe book another therapy afterwards such as a massage which is also available on site or even a meditative Forest Bathing session in the surrounding woods. All highly recommended by us at Edale House B&B.

To find out more and book go to: www.floatintheforest.co.uk or call 01594 715215.

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.

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.

Find out more at: www.forestbathe.co.uk

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.

Find out more at: www.wyedeantourism.co.uk

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.

Find out more: www.foresthillsgolfclub.co.uk

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.

Find out more: www.bathurstpool.co.uk

Fishing

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.

Find out more: www.eltoncarplakes.fishing