The Royal Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley have an interesting and historical past. The beautiful forest and landscape provide breathtaking scenery and a popular recreation facility for the nearby town of Cheltenham and the City of Gloucester.
The Royal Forest of Dean covers around 27,000 acres. Unlike some forests in the UK this woodland has been well preserved and a wide variety of trees and shrubs make it a hikers paradise.
There is also plenty to do and see with an abundance of attractions which you can find all about by clicking on the links in the right hand column. The Wye Valley, best viewed from Symonds Yat Rock, separate England from Wales and provide spectacular views across the countryside.
In 1938 the Forest of Dean became the first designated National Forest Park in England.
The official Royal Forest of Dean website can be found at www.forestofdean.gov.uk/