A walking guidebook to the Forest of Dean Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From short walks of 4 miles to all-day sections of long-distance routes such as the Offa's Dyke path and the Gloucestershire Way, the 25 walks in this guidebook gives you the information needed to enjoy a wide range of walking among the rolling countryside of the Forest of Dean.
21 of the walks are circular, and 4 one-way linear routes along historic long-distance trails are described, alongside 1:25,000 OS map extracts and a wealth of background information on places of interest along the way. The walks in this guidebook take you to all corners of the forest, along shaded valleys and gorges, across wide-open farmland and over high ridges with big views. Every route is supplemented by historic, geological and wildlife information to help you make the most of your days walking in the Forest of Dean, as well as practical information on public transport and other local facilities.
Mike Dunn was born and bred in the English Midlands but has now lived in the Vale of Glamorgan for over 25 years. He has worked for the Welsh Assembly Government, specialising in environmental and conservation issues. Mike has written widely on landscape, walking, pubs and real ale.
Overview map Introduction Geology and landscape Plants and wildlife The impact of man Getting to and around the Forest Where to stay What to take Maps and waymarking Using this guide 1 Above the River Wye Walk 1 Around the northern ridges Walk 2 Biblins and Yat Rock Walk 3 The Stones of Staunton Walk 4 Dean's Cathedral and the old Wye Walk 5 Across the Hudnalls Walk 6 To the Devil's Pulpit Walk 7 Woolaston Common 2 The Heart of the Forest Walk 8 Speculation and the northern collieries Walk 9 Bixslade and Cannop Ponds Walk 10 Nagshead and Dark Hill Walk 11 Parkend to Blakeney Walk 12 The Sculpture Trail Walk 13 New Fancy and the Speech House Walk 14 Mallards Pike Walk 15 Soudley Ponds and Blaize Bailey Walk 16 The Soudley Rural Geology Trail 3 Eastern Dean and Severn Shore Walk 17 May Hill Walk 18 Littledean and Welshbury Walk 19 Longhope and Flaxley Walk 20 Newnham and Bullo Pill Walk 21 The Awre Peninsula and the Old Severn Bridge 4 The Long-distance Trails Walk 22 Offa's Dyke Path Walk 23 The Gloucestershire Way in the western Forest Walk 24 The Gloucestershire Way through central Dean Walk 25 The Wysis Way Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B Useful contacts