There are hundreds of great walks around this area and a number of great walking books that cover them, some of which we have at our cottages which you are welcome to borrow.
What we have also done (as we find so many people scratching their heads and looking for directions in our local woods) is put together a map of walks that you can do from our doorstep which last from half hour stroll to an all dayer – with a few pubs thrown in for good measure! This map will be in the folder of activities when you get to our cottages. If for any reason it is not there when you arrive, let us know and we will print you another.
Other good places to go for a walk are:
- along the River Wye in either direction from Symonds Yat East
- from the Speech House Hotel – take in the Cyril Hart Arboretum or Speech House Lake
- Mallards Pike Lake – a great place for picnics as well and there is a little café van too
- Nagshead Nature Reserve (just outside Parkend)
- New Fancy View
- Soudley Ponds
The Wysis Way Thames to Offa’s Dyke path passes through Shortstanding within 5 mins walk of The House of Bread. This is a beautiful long distance path and so The House of Bread is a perfect overnight stop. Book ahead with us if you are doing this popular walk and wish to stay here.
Offas Dyke Path
This well-known route also passes close to here. One good place to get to it is at the Kymin (great views) just this side of Monmouth.
Beechenhurst Lodge lies in the heart of the forest, and is also a great place to start your adventure.
Follow the trails through the woods including the Beechenhurst to Speech House Link Path, The Beechenhurst Trail, The Speculation Trail and take in the huge sculptures on The Sculpture Trail (short and long versions) and chill out afterwards at the Gaveller’s Café (www.gavellerscafe.co.uk) letting the kids have a go in the play area out the front. For more about the Sculpture Trail visit http://www.forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk.
Beechenhurst Lodge is on the Coleford to Cinderford road (the B4226) on the left just before you get to The Speech House Hotel. The No 30 bus from Coleford – Cinderford – Gloucester also passes Beechenhurst, the official stop is at the Cannop Crossroads.
You will also pass Beechenhurst Lodge if you are on the Family Cycle Trail from the Cannop Cycle Centre. There is also a climbing tower at Beechenhurst Lodge run by Forest of Dean Adventure (see the Adventure section for more details). You can find out more at http://www.forestry.gov.uk and search for Beechenhurst Lodge.
Wyedean Tourism also provide information and details of where to get maps for the following walks:
- The Sculpture Trail
- Offa’s Dyke Path
- The Gloucestershire Way
- The Wye Valley Walk
- The Wysis Way
Visit http://wyedeantourism.co.uk/general_walking for details.