Forest of Dean hikes for beginners

Thanks to its varied landscapes, extensive footpaths and stunning scenery, the Forest of Dean is one of the best spots for walking in the UK.

As @VisitEngland says, “With miles of tracks and footpaths to explore, The Forest of Dean offers endless pleasure for walkers, whether it’s a 30 minute gentle stroll or a two hour ramble.”

If you’re new to hiking, or if you just fancy a picturesque jaunt through the countryside, try some of these fantastic walks for beginners.

Lancaut Loop

This fantastic five and a half mile loop starts at Chepstow Bus Station and takes you past sheer limestone cliffs, across boulders and along narrow ledges. This varied terrain will give the walk a real feel of adventure, making it perfect to tackle with energetic kids. You can pick up refreshments in Chepstow before you set off and stop for a picnic on the way.

Alternatively, call in at the local pub in Woodcroft for a well-earned drink. Allow around three hours to complete the Lancaut Loop, or more if you want to stop partway.

Trellech Beacon

Enjoy fantastic views of the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley from the top of Trellech Beacon. On a clear day, you can even see as far as the Malverns and the Cotswolds, making this a great route for anyone who enjoys a good view.

The walk starts at the Beacon View Forestry Commission car park between Trellech and Llandogo. The loop is around three miles, though you can make it shorter by cutting a few corners. The route is undulating and you’ll need to negotiate a number of gates along the way. This may make it unsuitable for those with mobility issues.

English Bicknor

This three-mile loop starts and ends in the village of English Bicknor. Taking in superb views, protected woodlands and industrial ruins, the varied route will keep you interested all the way round.

One of the highlights of the route is the view from Yat Rock. Located at the tip of a triangular Iron Age hill fort, the viewpoint is a fantastic spot from which to admire the local landscape and get a feel for the history of the area. Allow up to three hours for the walk. Refreshments are available from the café in Yat Rock car park.


Though this circular walk is just two miles long, it takes you along old railway tracks, country paths, quiet lanes and riverbanks. Straddling Wales and Gloucestershire, this easy, level walk is ideal for people of all ages.

The route starts at the Old Station Tintern and takes you along the banks of the River Wye. There’s a café in the Old Station, allowing you to enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake after your walk in the country.

Find out more about things to do 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 friendly team.

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