The red ochre colour of the pigmented concrete reflects the ochre paint that is extracted from Clearwell Caves and still sold for artists today.
There are many more walks in the Forest of Dean and you can find a few of them on the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley website. Our busy day exploring the Forest of Dean was nearly at an end, but before we headed back to Bristol, it was time for a well earned rest and delicious dinner. Tudor Farmhouse Hotel in the village of Clearwell is a pretty boutique hotel and restaurant, with a reputation that is stretching well beyond The Forest. The 20 bedroom boutique hotel was converted by Hari and Colin Fell from a stone farmhouse, parts of which date back to the 16th century.
Nearby they have a small farm, where they raise livestock and grow vegetables in the kitchen garden and fruit in the orchard, for use in the restaurant. The culinary credentials are impeccable, with everything created by Head Chef Rob Cox, based on local suppliers and seasonal produce, yet with a relaxed sophistication that will please any well travelled foodie. In the pretty dining room, there were groups of friends and couples of all ages, enjoying a rather special dining experience that belied the understated bare wooden tables with amethyst glasses and glowing nightlights.
They earned bonus points for offering a selection of colourful wellies to borrow, blankets to keep you cosy in the garden and leaflets to guide you on local walks. You can also find the video above on the Forest of Dean website or on YouTube. Harts Barn sounded like my kind of place, one of the oldest buildings in the Forest of Dean, with barns and outbuildings converted to make a craft centre. Lunch and afternoon tea is served in The Old Dairy Tearoom, using local suppliers for their organic fruit juices, Gloucestershire farm cheeses, cakes and farmhouse dairy ice cream.
The light and airy Harts Barn Cookery School runs hands on cookery classes and demonstrations that are a fun activity for groups of friends, from artisan bread baking and chocolate making, to Forage and Feast days. The Taurus Crafts Visitor Centre has a range of crafts on sale, with workshops throughout the year to discover your own creativity. The centre is home to many independent businesses, with a cafe that serves hot lunches, light snacks and refreshments, which you can enjoy while admiring their latest art exhibition.
Check out the seasonal events that include art markets, vintage fairs and Christmas markets. Foodies will want to pop into The Chocolate Bar, which produces artisan chocolates, runs chocolate making workshops and supplies the Taurus Crafts cafe with delicious cakes and chocolates.
If you fancy something a little more energetic than a walk in the woods, stop off at Pedalabikeaway where you can hire a bike to ride on the many Forest of Dean cycling trails. You can pre-book the bikes or just turn up at less busy times to hire on the day. They also have e-bikes, which gets my vote if you want to enjoy a more gentle cycling experience without dripping with sweat. There are lots of cycle trails to ride from the Pedalabikeaway centre, from easy family trails, to more advanced mountain bike trails for the adventurous cyclist.
The centre also has a shop selling all kinds of cycle gear, workshop for repairs and cafe to refuel after your cycling adventure in the forest. Pedalabikeaway biking centre in The Forest of Dean. Photo: Pedalabikeaway. Take a look at the map below which will help you locate The Forest of Dean, which is in the county of Gloucestershire, in the west of England. Driving time to Coleford is around 3 hours from London, 50 mins from Bristol, 50 mins from Cheltenham. An added bonus is that there are no longer bridge tolls to cross the Severn Bridge!
By Air: If arriving from international destinations, the closest airports are Cardiff and Bristol, both of which offer flights from a huge number of destinations and have car hire at the airport. Check out my Map of the Forest of Dean with all the places mentioned in this article that we recommend. If you want a historic hotel with a more traditional look, check out the Speech House in the heart of the Forest of Dean Read the Reviews on Tripadvisor. Budget accommodation in the Forest of Dean — if you are looking for family or budget accommodation take a look at the YHA Hostel at St Briavels — hugely popular because it is in a real castle!
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We love this video that shows you all the fun things to do in The Forest of Dean. This article is originally published at Heatheronhertravels. There is beautiful parks, gardens harbour and Lake in Lydney which are mostly free too. The Forest of Dean offers a lot more than the standard tourist attractions. I was just doing a day trip from Bristol so tried to see as much as I could within the area we were in, but definitely deserves a return trip to check out some of the other things.
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Sue Thanks for the tip, I was aware of the Dean Forest Railway, but we were only there for a day — so much to try and see! Thank you for this post. Your post contain nice content and the tips are very useful and helpful. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Follow Me! Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean. Farm animals at Puzzlewood.
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