Forest of Dean
Beechenhurst is home to a wonderful sculpture trail and an adventure play area. Pulling up at Beechenhurst you’ll see open ground bordered by the treeline.
Beechenhurst was used when Channel 4 TV series New Worlds arrived for filming as well as BBC’s Doctor Who.
Beechenhurst Lodge, Speech House Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 7EJ
Cannop Ponds were created in 1826 as water reservoirs to serve the nearby furnaces at Cinderford and Parkend.
Popular BBC Production, Merlin, filmed scenes at Cannop Ponds in which Merlin finds Mithian’s message about Morgana by the stream.
Cannop Ponds, Speech House Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 7EQ
The mining village of Clearwell is located deep in the Forest of Dean, not far from Coleford.
Clearwell Caves were mined for more than 2,500 years and it was the Romans who advanced mining in the Dean, notably at Clearwell Caves. Adding to the sense of magic and mystery is the nearby neo-Gothic Clearwell Castle.
The local mine of Clearwell Caves has been a filming location for many productions including popular BBC series, Merlin and Doctor Who.
Clearwell Caves, Near Coleford, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL16 8JR
You might think that Coppett Hill looks a little out of place in its surroundings, being somewhat more like moor and heath than steep riverside rock and forest. If you scan the skies you might just see a buzzard or birds such as the lesser whitethroat and the meadow pipit. In the 14th century Coppett Hill was known as Coppyngwoode.
Coppett Hill features in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in the scene that adapts chapter nineteen of the book.
Coppett Hill, Nr Goodrich Castle, Castle Lane, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6HY
The cathedral city of Gloucester is located near to the Welsh border upon the River Severn.
Gloucester has welcomed many film and TV production crews over the years. The cloisters in the Gloucester Cathedral were used as a backdrop during the first two Harry Potter films. The cathedral also welcomed Doctor Who and Sherlock to film among the ground of this beautiful building.
The Docks located in Gloucester have also been part of many blockbuster films including Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland: Through the looking Glass, Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic and action film, Outlaw. The Docks have also welcomed popular 90’s children’s programme, Rosie and Jim. Gloucester was also a regular holiday haunt of popular children’s author, Beatrix Potter.
City of Gloucester, GL1 2EH
Lydney & Lydney Park Gardens
Lydney is located on the west bank of the River Severn in the Forest of Dean. The small forest town offers a traditional shopping experience for visitors including butcher, a bakery and an antique shop.
The Lydney Park Estate is set in a secluded wooden valley, in which you can find a deer park and lakes. The estate also contains beautifully elegant gardens that have been cultivated by several generations of the family.
Amidst the flowering cherries, magnolias and spring bulbs there are also traces of a Norman castle and a Roman camp. In 1929, the writer J.R.R.Tolkien worked at the archaeological site at Lydney Park as an advisor about an old Roman temple named Dwarf’s Hill.
The small quiet town of Lydney, provided the back drop for action movie Outlaw starring Danny Dyer.
The Lydney Park Estate also provided the opening woodland scenes to the Just Visiting film in 2001.
Lydney Park Estate, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 6BU
Red cedar trees standing like sentinels around whom the undulating ground is pocketed with linear hollows that are the vestiges of old entrances to mines.
For the BBC series Atlantis, Ninewells featured as the Athenian wood.
Nine Wells, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 7AT
Located just south of Coleford town centre, Puzzlewood covers fourteen acres of magic and enchantment. It is woodland quite unlike any other. No wonder that it’s fast become a favourite location for those films and TV series that need to immerse the viewer in a world that’s far, far from home.
With its moss-covered limestone, deep stony canyons and harts tongue fern in every shadowy direction, Puzzlewood completely belies its outward appearance. Walk around the remnants of old-world mines; follow the twisting and rising paths and walkways through this mysterious and ancient wood. It is an iconic and truly magical location filled with trees, winding paths and fauna.
The location attracted and inspired many productions including TV programmes such as Doctor Who & The Weeping Angels Christmas Special, Atlantis, Merlin, Da Vinci’s Demons, Wizards Vs Aliens and Tree Fu Tom.
It has also been recognised in major blockbuster films including Jack the Giant Slayer, The Huntsman and the highly anticipated, Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
It is also said that J.R.R Tolkien was inspired by the enchantment of Puzzlewood when creating the world renowned novels, The Lord of the Rings.
Puzzlewood, Perrygrove Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8QB
The Forest of Dean is one of two remaining medieval forests (the other is the New Forest). Notable Speech House trees include oak, beech, holly and birch, Some of the trees here date back to the 17th century and earlier.
The Speech House, is a former 17th century hunting lodge set in the heart of the idyllic Forest of Dean. Reputed to be the former Hunting Lodge used by Charles II & Nell Gwynne and still home to the Verderer’s Court, was developed during Norman times to uphold Forest Law and protect the beasts of the forest, namely boar, deer and protect their habitat.
In amongst the Speech House lakes, filming for the wizard series, Merlin took place.
Speech House, Speech House Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7EL
Close to the village of Soudley, Soudley Ponds is a location that compromises three man made ponds in amongst natural forest.
The ponds can be recognised in the TV mini-series adaptation of one of Thomas Hardy’s novels, Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
Soudley Ponds, Church Road, Soudley, Cinderford, Gloucestershire GL14 2UA
Located in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, Symonds Yat and Symond’s Yat Rock is a popular tourist destination for campers and holiday making families.
Appropriately, ‘yat’ is an old English word for gateway and certainly the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is quite a portal through which you can let your imagination roam as you explore.
With the River Wye 120 metres below, The Symonds Yat Rock is an internationally renowned viewpoint and site of an Iron Age hill fort. The site also became a Hollywood star when filming of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part One took place upon the iconic viewpoint.