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In the Forest of Dean there are so many opportunities to experience adventure. Here are just some!
Canoeing, Rafting, Climbing, Caving & More!
Take in the beautiful River Wye and Symonds Yat from a canoe or from the rock face! A great way to see the countryside.
For canoeing – paddle hard upstream and the float back! Have a beer at The Saracen’s Head or Royal Lodge after your exertions! For the more adventurous/fit, you can get dropped off further upstream at Kerne Bridge or Ross-on-Wye and paddle back to Symonds Yat.
Wyedean Canoe Hire
The closest canoe hire centre to us is Wyedean Canoe Hire at Symonds Yat East (approximately 2 miles from The House of Bread). They have Canadian canoes which take 4-6 people so a whole family can go together or group of friends and they give you a briefing on techniques before you go.
Call them on 01600 890238, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://wyedean.co.uk/. They also offer a great range of other adventure activities including rock climbing, abseiling, caving, archery and raft building.
Other Canoeing Centres Include:
Way2Go Adventure (also offer gorge walking, stand-up-paddleboard, nordic walking) – email@example.com. Mobile: 07794 189 841
Wye Canoes – Ye Old Ferrie Inn Symonds Yat West, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, 01600 890027.
Wye Pursuits – Riverside House, Ross-on-Wye, Kerne Bridge, 01600 891199. This company also do clmbing, abseiling, white water rafting and more.
Symonds Yat Canoe – The Leisure Park, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, 01600 891069.
Forest of Dean Adventure – Climbing Tower And Tree Top Junior Adventure
Not for the faint-hearted! Based at Beechenhurst Lodge they have a climbing tower with 36 routes from easy to extreme and 2 vertical abseils.
There is also a new Junior version of Go Ape! Tree Top Junior Adventure -1 hour exploring the tree top canopy.
Phone 01594 821003/07584 710202 or visit them at Beechenhurst Lodge, Speech House Road, Coleford GL16 7EG
Forest of Dean Adventure – Adventure Ropes
Just 5 mins walk from The House of Bread, Forest of Dean Adventure run Adventure Ropes which is a supervised, three hour, tree top adventure with high level elements including the Leap of Faith, the Pamper Pole, Crate Stacking, the Duo Leap, Jacobs Ladder and the Zip Wire! For ages 8 and over.
To find them, turn right out of our lane (Coopers Road) and then second right down Bracelands Drive, past the registration for Forest Holiday Lodges and The Retreat and they are on the right. You will see the signs and they are often down there in the summer months. Phone 01594 821003/07584 710202 to book in advance.
Go Ape! is a tree top rope adventure for those over 10 years old and is approximately 15 minutes drive from The House of Bread at Mallards Pike Lake, Lydney, GL15 4HD. Fly down an epic zip wire, leap off the Tarzan Swing or tackle the high ropes crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Call 0845 643 9215 or visit http://goape.co.uk/days-out/forest-of-dean for more information, current prices and booking. Go Ape! is closed December and January but open the rest of the year.
An interesting outfit just along the lane offering Bushcraft Courses from one person to whole families. Learn traditional Bushcraft skills such as hunting, fishing, tracking and foraging all in beautiful forest surroundings. Call 01594 835116 or visit http://forest-bushcraft.co.uk/ for details.