Local Area

Coleford & Forest of Dean: Local Amenities for Campers

For food and supplies the town has 3 supermarkets as well as some excellent butchers. The Crusty Loaf bakery is very popular as is the local fruit and vegetable shop.

The Wye rapids offers thrills and spills for the expert while the calmer areas of the river are ideal for the beginner. Canoes are available to hire at reasonable rates and there are operators who offer qualified instruction at all levels. there are lots of places to hire canoes in the Forest of Dean.

Cycle Hire
Pedalabikeaway offers an opportunity for the casual cyclist to enjoy the experience of riding the trails in the Royal Forest of Dean.

Symonds Yat Rock
Symonds Yat – Yat Rock, Herefordshire – at National Grid Reference: SO 56377 / 16019. At a little over 500 feet above sea level, Yat Rock is one of the most well known view points in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. Located approximately just a couple of miles of the campsite, Yat Rock affords views over the villages of Symonds Yat East and West as well as the meandering River Wye which are are without a doubt, spectacular. The RSPB has a viewing point for Peregrine Falcons in the summer months.

In recent years Harry Potter, Merlin, and now the new Star Wars films have all been filmed at this unique attraction, located in the beautiful and historic Forest Of Dean. Explore meandering pathways through beautiful ancient woodland. The mile of paths wind through gulleys and moss covered rocks, over bridges and through fantastic tree and rock formations. Puzzlewood

Perrygrove Steam Railway
Do your kids like a steam train ride? Bring them to Perrygrove Railway in the Royal Forest of Dean. A wonderful day out for children, grandchildren and adults!

Dean Forest Railway
Full size steam train rides at Dean Forest Railway At certain times of the year Thomas the Tank Engine is a welcome visitor.

Clearwell Caves
The Royal Forest of Dean’s Iron Mining Museum. As well as entering an extensive natural cave system, when you visit Clearwell Caves you are experiencing some of Britain’s oldest underground mine workings, dating back well over 4500 years. You walk through impressive caverns created by many generations of Forest people who made their living by mining iron ore and ochre. .

Go Ape
Mallards Pike Lake vies for our most beautiful location. Bring a picnic and a BBQ and enjoy family bike trails starting by the Go Ape cabin – a perfect way to explore the amazing Forest of Dean.

Beechenhurst Sculpture trail
The Dynamic, world renowned sculptue trail in and of the Forest of Dean.

Speech House Hotel
The Speech House Hotel in Gloucestershire is a 17th century former hunting lodge set in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean. Steeped in history, The Speech House Hotel has accommodated the Verderers Court for hundreds of years and has accommodated royalty such as Charles II.

Internet Available at Coleford Library

Pubs and Places to Eat
We have menus at reception for the best places to eat and drink in The Royal Forest of Dean.