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Head to the Forest of Dean this summer

Article posted: 28/06/2012 16:21:05
Head to the Forest of Dean this summerHead to the Forest of Dean this summer

Money is tight for everyone in the UK at the moment, causing many to reconsider a staycation when they may have preferred to hit the roads in Europe.

But you don't need to go abroad to experience stunning scenery and enjoy the ride on some seriously good country roads.

The Forest of Dean is a huge area of unspoilt woodland, prime countryside for exploring on your bike or on foot.

And with the sun finally set to make an appearance and the floods – hopefully- behind us, there is no better time.

"With gorgeous woodlands and rivers where better to enjoy a walk, hike or trek amidst beautiful and unspoilt countryside than the Forest of Dean?" asked Paula Burrows, commercial services manager at the Forest of Dean District Council.

She claimed that there are any number of hikes to choose from across the region, so it's easy to get on your bike and see where the mood takes you and still find something beautiful wherever you end up.

"There are numerous long distance paths, circular routes and waymarked trails throughout the district. Whether you prefer an independent hike or a guided trek, there are plenty of options to choose from."

Plus, if you are partial to hitting the road on your own or tour with a bunch of mates, there is no better place to become one with the great outdoors.

Packing a sleeping bag and a one man tent in your pannier means you can set up a base in an idyllic spot and explore the region from there.

Alternatively, as is the joy of camping, you can try somewhere new every night.

Ms Burrows claimed there is no better way to see the best of the Forest of Dean than by camping, and there is plenty of choice if you do.

"Camping in the Forest of Dean is one the most popular activities. Camping and caravan parks are situated in some of the most spectacular scenery, making them the perfect base for exploring the area, on foot or by bike," she explained.

One of the best parts of camping in this area of the world is that you step out of your tent and straight into nature, Ms Burrows said, and really enjoy the variety that the region has to offer.

But if camping gets too much for you and you yearn for something more luxurious after a few days of solid biking, there are a lot of options for upmarket camping – or glamping as it is commonly known.

There are a wide range of choices from Yurts to log cabins for the more discerning visitor.

Plus, if you want to get off your bike for a couple of days, there are loads of activities you can take part in to make the most of the stunning surroundings.

As well as the walking, biking and cycling, there are a number of places you can hit the water in a canoe or kayak. From a gentle paddle to a white water experience, there are all sorts of routes to explore.

Just a few hours ride from the Forest of Dean are some of the most famous – and fun – motorcycle routes in the UK.

According to, the Horseshoe Pass on the A542 in north Wales has some breathtaking views but is suitable for riders of all abilities.

"[It] is one of the country’s most spectacular motorcycle roads, and that's no mean feat! The steady incline makes both the ascent and descent easy and enjoyable, giving even the newest bikers chance to hit the open road and have fun in safety," it claimed.

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