If you are looking for the perfect holiday destination which encompasses outdoor fun, scenic landscapes, and plenty to see and do, then the Forest of Dean could certainly be for you.
This large and beautiful area sits in western England, in Gloucestershire, and is surrounded by many historical and natural wonders to explore, such as Clearwell Caves and Dean Heritage Centre.
If you choose to go on a holiday to the Forest of Dean then a cottage is the ideal place to stay. This way you get to enjoy the home away from home feel of a holiday home, without the mass tourism of hotels, but you also get a luxurious place to lay your head too, which really is the best of both worlds. There are holiday cottages to suit every budget, so certainly shop around for your ideal cottage, and see what you can find.
Once you arrive in the Forest of Dean area you will be instantly drawn into the beautiful nature. The green hills, seemingly endless trees, winding rivers, and the small villages which run alongside, are all fantastic for the eye to see, as well as offering many outdoor activities to enjoy too. Ross on Wye is a popular town in the area, and this is somewhere which is a must visit, as well as Symonds Yat Rock, which is another must do.
Much of this area is about the great outdoors, as you can imagine, so hiking, mountain biking, walking, rock climbing, fishing, and nature rambling are all fantastic activities to enjoy, making this is the ideal destination for a summer family break. The weather is usually much more pleasant in this particular region, compared to the further north of the country, so you can expect warmer temperatures and a little less in the way of rain too.
Of course, a lot of the area is about nature, as we have mentioned, and you will be able to bird spot and check out the huge variety of different birds which call the area home. The forest is made up of various different species of tree, including oak and beech, as well as sweet chestnut. In terms of flora and fauna, a simple walk will show you various types of foxgloves and other colourful wild flowers too. Deer are often spotted in the forest, as well as wild boar, and those aforementioned birds. The forest is known for its large range of colourful birds, including wood warblers, hawfinches, redstarts, and pied flycatchers, to name just a few. You can also spot many different types of butterfly and interesting species of glow worms and dragonflies.
The Forest of Dean is the ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and should certainly be on your shortlist of destinations.