Dean Tourism Suggestions (General)

by Jefff @, West London, Middlesex, Monday, August 08, 2011, 02:09 (3339 days ago)

Following on from ->

I am off down to the forest of dean next week for 1-2 weeks i will be camping at beery family tree was professionly researched so i have a lot of detail .any advice wile i am down there would be welcome. Colin

Hi again, I may be too late but see following websites (you probably already have)

My advice is:

MUST visit
1. Dean Heritage Museum, Soudley
2. Puzzlewood
3. Clearwell Caves
4. Hopewell Colliery is probably good, shamefully I've not been yet !

(DRIVE carefully around the Forest; gangs of sheep roam freely, do not have good road sense, and enjoying sitting on the roadside especially on blind corners. You don't need go overboard tho, they're well used to traffic so wont stampede!

ENJOY the countryside, park at Speech House or nearby Fancy View (now a naturalised ex colliery) and get walking or biking, on a warm day can see adders dancing, buzzards soaring overhead & great views, also the cooler woods and stream at Cannop although gets very busy with those darn tourists (oops ;-)).
If you want a nice river view (the word "picturesque" was literally created for the beautiful River Wye) visit the Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint. If you like a stiff uphill walk first (good for kids & dogs) the far less busy Wyndcliffe downstream near Tintern Abbey offers equal views across Wye & Severn

If you like Cider tour Weston's mill at picturesque Much Marcle, they produce the world's best and have their own traction engine to boot. Needless to say, probably the best (but not the biggest) Steam Rally of the UK is held in their field in June, the Westons-run Refreshments Tent is great but mind the "effects" of the sun too!.

DON'T mention bears in Ruardean.

Visit the Bookshop in Coleford town centre (updated 2017, sadly now closed.. Cinderford public library is good though))

ABOVE ALL enjoy yourselves, hope the sun shines and the excitement is "intentse"...

ATB Jeff

Colin et al, please be reminded and reassured I am NOT connected financially or otherwise with ANY of the above suggestions, and there are of course many other tourism attractions that are at least as good if not better than my choices.
Enjoy your stay in our beautiful Forest.

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by unknown, Monday, August 08, 2011, 08:21 (3338 days ago) @ Jefff

thank you for the advice jeff,i have printed some pages off.i have all the stuff i need but awaiting delivery of my sleeping bag.i think it might of gone astray because i ordered it over a week ago.just a well it is a bit cold just now. Colin

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by Jefff @, West London, Middlesex, Monday, August 08, 2011, 10:55 (3338 days ago) @ unknown

You're welcome Colin. Yes sadly it does feel like the autumn is now on us at night!, although speaking to my mother in Forest yesterday it seems at least the rain is still conspicuous by its continued absence. Sorry bout your bag going missing, thats the "Jones Effect" kicking in due to your involvement with me - I have notorious / infamous bad luck and am myself also awaiting two longoverdue, "presumed lost", packages....if the one containing car parts doesn't arrive soon my holiday is also ingrave doubt !
Hope you enjoy a good trip though !

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by unknown, Monday, August 08, 2011, 11:20 (3338 days ago) @ Jefff

hi jeff,good to see your sence of hummer is still intact "it made me laugh" i am going to wait wile untill it gets warmer befor i set off,it might be next week now. Colin

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by Jefff @, West London, Middlesex, Monday, August 08, 2011, 11:52 (3338 days ago) @ unknown

I'm a Hereford United & Glostershire cricket supporter having to live in grimy London, so if you can't laugh...?!
Did you say you were stopping at Berry Hill ?. Which direction are you travelling from ?
I forgot to state what is probably obvious, look out for the Tourist Information Offices, probably at the libraries in Coleford and Cinderford (also good Local History Reference Books !) plus Beechenhurst Lodge at the natural centre of the Forest at Speech House. As you have time I'm sure if you phoned/emailed the tourism websites they'd send you brochures etc by post, save your printer paper.

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by unknown, Tuesday, August 09, 2011, 08:57 (3337 days ago) @ Jefff

hi jeff,i have the post code for berry hill that i can put into my satnav.i now have my sleeping will be going down within the next few days.thanks. Colin

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