See a little more of the Forest of Dean by tackling one of these longer hiking routes. Taking you through woodlands and fields and along old railway lines and riverbanks, these picturesque walks will help you make the most of your trip to the region.
As @DeanWye says, “With acres of ancient forest and a stunning winding river valley, walking is of course one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Forest of Dean.” Below we explore some of our favourite routes for inspiration.
The Daffodil Way
The best place to start this 10-mile circular route is the village of Kempley. In the car park, close to St Edward’s Church, you’ll find a board detailing the route and the sights you’ll see as you go.
Walk the route in the spring months and you’ll be flanked by golden daffodils for much of the way. You’ll also be able to enjoy walking through woods, orchards, fields and meadows as you work your way around the route.
Three Castles Walk
At 19 miles long, this circular route is suitable for more experienced hikers and those with a good level of fitness. Taking you through undulating landscapes, along wooded hillsides and into hidden valleys, the Three Castles Walk is a fantastic choice for those who want to discover the local area.
The walk links the Norman Castles of Skenfrith, White Castle, and Grosmont. Once the main line of defence between England and Wales, these castles offer a fascinating glimpse into the region’s past.
The Gloucestershire Way
Running almost the whole width of the county, from the Welsh border town of Chepstow to Tewkesbury on the River Severn, The Gloucestershire Way is one of the best long-distance routes in the area. The whole walk is around 100 miles long.
However, as it can be easily broken up into sections, it’s possible to walk the route over a number of separate hikes.
Cannop Valley Loop
This picturesque route takes you through stunning nature reserves, into ancient forests and along old tram and railway lines. The Cannop Valley Loop allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of the Forest of Dean while minimising your impact on the environment.
Look out for birds and insects as you work your way around the forest. The entire walk is around 10 miles, however it can easily be split up into three circular walks each around 3.5 miles in length.
Yellow Arrow Route
Taking you on a 10-mile loop around the Forest of Dean, this picturesque walk takes in Mallards Pike Lake, Soudley Ponds and Blaize Bailey. If you don’t have time to tackle the entire Yellow Arrow Route, it can be split up into three shorter circular walks that are perfect for all the family.
Find out more about hiking in the Forest of Dean, and start planning your trip to the area, by exploring our site or getting in touch with a member of our team.