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Serious outdoor activity

For tough teenagers and grown ups ...

Bring your own mounain bike for some serious downhill fun

National Dive Centre offers excellent inland diving facilities and an exciting range of activities

Canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and all other sorts of adventure

Whitecliffe 4x4 run great 4x4 off road driving experience days, and longer courses for real enthusiasts

A day of clay pigeon shooting, air rifle or archery from absolute beginners to practised shots


For other options take a look at the Tourist Association site.

Things to do

Out and about

A few ideas for enjoying the great outdoors…

Go Ape : A treetop adventure - high ropes through the Forest

Cycle Hire, with direct access to a way marked off road family trail

Find out about the history of the Forest of Dean at The Dean Heritage Centre

The Sculpture Trail, a 4½ walk with seventeen permanent artworks, all in a wonderful woodland environment.

Magical History Tour

The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is steeped in history…

The Mappa Mundi -  13th Century map of the world.

Hopewell Colliery – a working ‘Freeminer’s’ coal mine

Tintern Abbey –the best-preserved medieval abbey in Wales

Goodrich Castle – one of many within easy reach of Mailscot View

A Day at the Movies

The Forest of Dean is becoming increasingly popular as a location with TV and film directors…

….Merlin, Harry Potter and Doctor Who to name a few!

Puzzlewood - secret pathways, with fantastic tree and rock formations

Clearwell Caves – an extensive natural cave system