The Sculpture Trail
Beechenhurst is a large picnic areaonly about 3 miles from Coleford.
Lots of space there,a play area for children ,its also the start of the sculpture trail,its a walk of about 3.5 miles.Its full of wooden sculptures and pieces of "art".
The walk does get a bit hilly in places,also theres alot of mountain bikes trails as well.
"River, forest and wild bore"
The Forest of Dean is a great place to spend a weekend. There are plenty of hotels and guest houses, or you could camp like we did. There is a very good set of campsites addressing the needs of lots of different people: dog owners, backpackers, families youth activity groups and adults only. It is run by the Forrestery Commission and is at Christchurch. Ths is an ideal location to explore theforest, visit the SymondYat Rock to see the falcons, walk along the River Wye and so much more. If you are in the forest beware of wild bores, we didn't see any but they are there don't approach them and put dogs/children under control if you spot them. See also my Cinderford page.
"Getting across the Wye"
There used to be 2 handpulled ferries by the pubs on East & West Symonds Yat, now there is only 1, but there is this bridge. Monty loved running across it, making it bounce, I wasn't so sure!
"Symonds Yat East"
Very small unspolit little village along the backs of the river. There is a tea shop, a pub, 2 hotels and a campsite, plus some cottages. We are planning a weekend break to 1 of the hotels in November. You can get the ferry across to Symonds Yat West outside the pub, (I think it's called the Ferryman).
Symonds Yat West, was less to our liking but good for families as there are things to do, the maze is worth a visit. Keep a lookout for lammas along this bank. THe river is great for canoes and there are plenty of hire centres along the river who will arrange to pick you up further along and bring you back to your car.
Outside the pub in Symonds Yat East was this fantasic sculpture, beautifully carved and one of a pair, showing life in the forest and along the river.
View of the River Wye from the look out at the top. There is often RSPB people there to show you the falcons.