Welcome to Forest of Dean

There’s no ‘Dean’ in the Forest of Dean – no one knows what it means – but it also gives its name to a Gloucestershire district that includes the towns of Newent and Coleford, north and west of the forest. To the northwest, the forest spills over into Herefordshire, while the River Wye skirts its western edge, offering glorious views to canoeists who paddle from the village of Symonds Yat.

The Dean Heritage Centre, outside Soudley within the forest’s eastern fringe, is a good place to begin exploring.

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