Cottage Holidays in The Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean covers 110 square kilometres of woodland, bordering England and South Wales. Little forest towns and villages such as Cinderford, Coleford, Lydney and the better known Ross-on-Wye contain a desirable collection of beautifully appointed holiday cottages available throughout the year. Explore by foot or bike the deep forests that rise from the River Wye, or try your skills at kayaking along the picturesque river, possibly the best way to enjoy this beautiful countryside. For the more adventurous why not try the Go-Ape high-ropes course and see the forest from a birds-eye perspective. There is some serious cycling on offer for those daring cyclists who fancy taking on the more difficult downhill forest terrain, and for those who prefer their thrills on the water you can take on the white waters of the River Wye.

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The Forest of Dean is made up of hundreds of charming villages, all steeped in the history of the region, from local mining at Littledean to iron works at Cinderford. It is the forest that dominates the area and all life centres around it. In addition to exploring the Forest of Dean by car, it’s a great place for an activity holiday. Spend your days riding forest cycle tracks by mountain bike or segway, swinging along zip-wires, or hiring a boat to drift down the idyllic River Wye. There are steam railways, adventure centres, craft shops, galleries and some superb restaurants and tea rooms. Learn more about cream making at Rowlestone Court, or birds of prey at The International Centre for Birds of Prey near Newent. For history lovers, there’s a fine choice of museums including the Hopewell Colliery Museum which reflects the lives and struggles of the Forest miners who worked its coal seams until recent times. For a complete contrast, The Butterfly Zoo, near Symonds Yat, offers some colourful photographic opportunities, or a tour (and tasting experience), at the Ancre Hill Vineyard near Monmouth are all recommended.