Forest of Dean and Wye Valley | Wye Valley and Forest of Dean have welcomed production teams from the TV industry and Hollywood
Many locations in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean have welcomed production teams from the TV industry and Hollywood to film in amongst the beauty it has to offer.
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Plan your mythical day trip in the Forest of Dean

If you have a day in the Forest of Dean, visit the Lydney Park Roman Temple where J.R.R Tolkien is said to have been inspired to write The Lord of the Rings. Following a visit to these mystical ruins, why not head to Taurus Crafts for a unique shopping experience and a delicious bite to eat in the cafe?

Another great day out in the Forest of Dean would include a visit to the enchanting woodland of Puzzlewood. Discover the maze of pathways, moss covered rocks and twisted tree roots that has provided a back drop to many blockbuster films including Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Find out more on our Film & TV Trail.

Interested in learning more about the history and heritage of the Forest of Dean during your day trip? Head to the Dean Heritage Centre to learn about the history of the Forest and enjoy its spectacular woodland backdrop.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could head to Go Ape and Forest of Dean Adventure but be careful when driving along the Forest roads, you wouldn’t want to bump into the Beast of Dean!

Plan your legendary day out in the Wye Valley

For a legendary day out in the Wye Valley, head to The Devil’s Pulpit in Tintern and witness the view from the cliff face where the Devil is said to have preached to the Monks in the famous Tintern Abbey below and afterwards take a stroll through the ruins that reside on the ground.

There are many picnic benches surrounding the ruins so why not take a picnic and enjoy lunch with a view?

Instead of a devilish day trip, why not walk through the Lord’s Wood to King Arthur’s Cave in The Doward, near Symonds Yat – Who knows what you’ll discover! Afterwards why not hire a canoe and have a paddle down the river?

You could also decide to relive the turbulent history of Goodrich Castle for the day. The castle is one of the most complete medieval strongholds in Britain and the free tour is perfect for the whole family to get a glimpse into its horrible history. Afterwards head into the Ross on Wye town centre and browse the variety of small shops and local produce market stalls.

Explore the legends all weekend

If you are looking to explore the myths and legends of the Dean Wye for longer than a day, why not stay for the weekend?

There are a number of accommodation providers available from cosy B&B’s to camp sites. View our range of accommodation here.

With such fabulous scenery and myths to discover, the Forest of Dean is a great place to go for a ramble or cycle ride. Start your mythical weekend with a relaxing cycle ride through the deep Forest, keeping your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the Beast of the Dean. Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre is located near Coleford and offer great deals on cycle hire for families and individuals.

Exploring the Forest by bicycle is bound to bring on an appetite! Luckily enough, the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is a primary producer of top quality food and drink and there are plenty of places to eat and drink during your weekend break.

To complete your mythical weekend in the Dean Wye travel from the Forest to the town of Chepstow. Back in the 1970’s the entrance to The Otter Hole which is one of the best decorated caves in Britain was discovered. You can enjoy some fantastic shopping and stock up on locally sourced produce whilst in the town.
When travelling to Chepstow, keep your eyes peeled for a sign for the village of Tutshill. Popular author, J.K Rowling grew up in this village and in her most famous story, Harry Potter she regularly acknowledges her childhood roots in the Dean Wye.

Stay with us for longer

Planning to stay in the Dean Wye for longer?

Take a look at our range of accommodation providers that are available to ensure you have a comfortable stay following your days full of adventure.

If you’re looking for lots of adventures be sure to check our range of natural and man-made attractions.

Download the Myths and Legends trail and see what you will discover today!