Attractions & Activities Near Dean Valley Panorama Bed & Breakfast

Dean Valley Panorama is situated in Yorkley a small village with stunning views of the Forest of Dean.

The Forest of Dean is an amazing place of natural beauty which has many attractions to visit - explore the forest on foot, bike or horseback.

There are many great fishing lakes and golf courses.

From here you are within easy reach of the River Severn and the River Wye and the beautiful Wye Valley.

Should you get the shopping urge then Gloucester is an easy drive with all the major retail stores plus the Gloucester Docks, or cross the River Severn to the impressive city of Bristol and all its attractions from the Clifton Suspension Bridge to the Bristol Harbourside with bars and shops.

Chepstow and Cheltenham race courses can easily be reached, if Scuba Diving is your interest then the National Diving & Activity Centre is based at Chepstow.

 

Surfers on the Severn Bore near Dean Valley Panorama Bed & Breakfast, Forest of Dean
Star Wars Stormtroopers Surfers riding the Severn Bore to Launch the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley TV and Film Trail

 

Wisteria Arch at Hampton Court Castle, 1 hour drive from Dean Valley Panorama Bed and Breakfast, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Wisteria Arch at Hampton Court Castle, Nr Hereford


Puzzlewood

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This place in the heart of the Forest of Dean, near to Coleford,  is an enchanting magical maze of forest pathways and moss covered rocks which makes you feel like you are in another world. Quizzes for children whilst walking round but not just for children. great for adults too.  Used for filming for TV shows and films  like Merlin, Do Who, Atlantis and recently Star Wars.  Also farm animals, cafe and gift shop.

  • Village of Tintern

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Visit the ruins of Tintern Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in Britain, on the banks of the picturesque River Wye, in the small but perfectly formed village of Tintern. Visit the quaint bookshops, and have lunch or tea and cake at the award winning Tintern Station Cafe. If feeling energetic walk part of Offa’s Dyke Path and to the top of the 365 steps to the Eagles Nest or to the Devil’s Pulpit for magnificent views over the Wye Valley (see picture below in activities for active guests.

 

  • Symonds Yat

Small village on the banks of the River Wye with tea rooms and coffee shops where you can while away the hours people watching. Go climbing or canoeing, visit the maze, crazy golf, butterfly centre or take a boat ride. Climb up to the Yat Rock where you may see the pair of nesting Peregrine falcons in April to August each year.

  • Gloucester City – Cathedral and Docks

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Plenty to see and do in this small city. Home of the cherry and whites, Gloucester Rugby Union Club at Kingsholm. See the beautiful Gloucester Cathedral, where Harry Potter was filmed in the cloisters, trail the narrow medieval streets, then wander to the refurbished Docks and hopefully catch a glimpse of a tall ship that may be in dock. Have lunch on the floating restaurant or take a boat ride up the canal, and then visit the new Gloucester Quays shopping centre.

 

  • Forest Lakes- Mallard’s Pike, Soudley Ponds, Cannop Ponds, Speech House Lake, Wenchford.

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These are all beautiful and offer different things to visitors. Mallard’s Pike has picnic benches, ducks, is next to Go Ape and has a path of about half a mile for a pleasant walk round. Soudley Ponds is a set of ponds, each joined to each other, surrounded by trees and is less commercialised. Fishing is allowed and it is near to the Dean Heritage Centre. Cannop Ponds is a long lake with paths around, small waterfalls and bike tracks, ice creams often on sale, easy parking and close to Parkend. Speech House Lake is near to Speech House and involves a walk through the forest to find. Wenchford is a series of streams with paddling capacity next to a lovely green meadow area for picnics, barbecues and outdoor games. Often snacks and ice creams for sale in summer. Near to Blackpool Bridge and Brook where you can see fabulous bluebells in spring time and near to Blakeney.

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  • Dean Heritage Centre

The Dean Heritage Centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean. There is a wide range of things to see and do including five onsite galleries exploring the history of the Forest from the Ice Age to the present day. A reconstructed Victorian cottage, a charcoal burner's camp, an adventure playground, chainsaw carving demonstrations, a variety of animals, an onsite gift shop and cafe. There's always something new and exciting to interest, inspire and surprise you.

 

  • Clearwell Caves

Clearwell Caves are natural caves, extensively mined for iron ore to make some of Britain's most complex and oldest mine workings. The mine dates back well over 4,000 years, when early miners dug for ochre pigments to make paints. Iron ore miners later created a warren of underground passageways, by connecting the huge caverns. Good place to visit if the weather isn’t so good. There is plenty to see, with displays and tours and TV shows are filmed here including Atlantis.

 

  • Dean Forest Railway

The 4 1/2 mile line runs through beautiful woodland and countryside, offering you a chance to experience the relaxing pace of a typical country branch line. With our 5 stations along the way, you'll have time to explore the local area, taking in woodland walks and country pubs or venturing down to the Severn estuary to explore Lydney Harbour with its fantastic views across the Severn. Often running Steam trains and Thomas the Tank Engine Days. You can also book a ride on the footplate, including of course, driving and firing  a full size steam locomotive for a day, including lunch and a certificate.

 

  • Goodrich Castle & village

Goodrich stands majestically on a wooded hill, commanding the passage of the River Wye into the picturesque valley of Symonds Yat. The castle was begun in the late 11th century, by the English landowner Godric who gave it his name. Goodrich still boasts one of the most complete sets of medieval domestic buildings surviving in any English castle. Owned by English Heritage, is definitely not worth missing. Near to the picturesque village of Goodrich with several good eating places.

 

  • Chepstow Races and Castle

Take advantage of the proximity of Chepstow and visit the races and tour the castle. In the beautiful town of Chepstow which is just over the border in Wales.  If you have spent your racing budget just nip to the castle and wander round. Chepstow boasts the oldest castle doors in Europe. All wood and all of 800 years old. Until 1962 these doors hung in the main gateway, but are now in safe keeping in the on-site exhibition.

From around 1067 through to 1690, the castle, almost chameleon-like, changed its appearance as fashions changed in military architecture. Century after century, the castle grew and grew along its narrow cliff top ridge. The oldest building is the Norman great tower but building work continued well into the 17th-century as medieval battlements were replaced by stronger musket-friendly parapets. Bows and arrows were so last century!

 

  • Perrygrove Railway

There are lots of things to do for children and grandchildren on a steam train day out at Perrygrove – not just a steam train ride but lots of other ideas for the kids including treehouses, under-cover play, and woodland to explore. They are adding new attractions for grown-ups too. Near Coleford.

 

  • Elton Farm Giant Maize Mazes

For groups of all sizes and ages, Elton Farm provides three themed mazes, from small to large and many fun activities to keep you entertained.

There are also historic places of interest, such as Tyntesfield House. Owned by the National Trust in Bristol, Woodchester Mansion and Gardens near Stroud, Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens near Chepstow, and Nature in Art in Gloucester.


The Top Twelve More Active Pursuits Not to Miss in Forest of Dean

  1. Hire bikes or bring your own and cycle the many tracks in the Forest
  2. Visit Go Ape and swing through the trees
  3. Go kayaking or canoeing on the River Wye at Way2Go Adventures
  4. If the Severn Bore is at its peak, it’s a must
  5. High Wire and scuba diving at Chepstow Diving Centre
  6. Walking in the Forest, at Puzzlewood, Offa’s Dyke Path, Devils Pulpit, 365 Steps to Eagles Nest viewpoints
  7. Ride a segway at Forest Segways
  8. Redhill Extreme for mountain biking and boarding
  9. Have a go at bushcraft and learn how to survive in the wilderness at Forest Bushcraft
  10. Horseriding at Greenacres stables
  11. Shooting at DBC Leisure
  12. Drive a steam train at Dean Forest Railway
  13. Caving and orienteering or archery at Forest Adventure
  14. Try climbing and abseiling at Inspire2Adventure
  15. For the less active Wye Valley Miniature Golf

Other Links to Local Attractions

 

Dean Forest Steam Railway

 

Taurus Crafts

 

National Waterways Museum and Boat Trips on the Severn

 

Go Ape - High Wire Adventure Course - a ten minute drive away to the award winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides....... all set up high in the trees.

 

Cheltenham Races

 

Offa's Dyke Path