The Forest of Dean
The Forest of Dean is a great place for a holiday in a self catering cottage or lodge. Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford has the very best in self catering holiday cottages and lodges. There is also a great range of breaks, days out, vacations and services available.
Royal Dean Forest Cycling Club out for a ride.
For instance; Couples breaks with hot tubs, Holistic breaks, health and beauty weekends, Spa breaks and, as well as more of that, you can also take your pet with you. Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford is pet friendly.
About The Forest of Dean
The Forest of Dean or The Royal Forest of Dean?, it matters not if you use the prefix “Royal” because everyone knows there is only one Forest of Dean. Which is a pity?
The Forest of Dean is a geographical, historical and cultural region in the western part of the county of Gloucestershire, England. It forms a roughly triangular plateau bounded by the River Wye to the west and northwest, Herefordshire to the north, the River Severn to the south, and the City of Gloucester to the east.
The area is characterised by more than 110 square kilometres (42 sq mi) of mixed woodland, one of the surviving ancient woodlands in England.
A large area was reserved for royal hunting before 1066, and remained as the second largest crown forest in England, the largest being New Forest. Although the name is used loosely to refer to the part of Gloucestershire between the Severn and Wye, the Forest of Dean proper has covered a much smaller area since medieval times. In 1327 it was defined to cover only the royal demesne and parts of parishes within the hundred of St Briavels, and after 1668 comprised the royal demesne only. The Forest proper is within the civil parishes of West Dean, Lydbrook, Cinderford, Ruspidge, and Drybrook, together with a strip of land in the parish of English Bicknor.
Forest of Dean Work
Traditionally the main sources of work have been forestry – including charcoal production – iron working and coal mining. Archaeological studies have dated the earliest use of coal to Roman times for domestic heating and industrial processes such as the preparation of iron ore.
The area gives its name to the local government district, Forest of Dean, and a parliamentary constituency, both of which cover wider areas than the historic Forest. The administrative centre of the local authority is Coleford, one of the main towns in the historic Forest area, together with Cinderford and Lydney.
Forest of Dean and the Holiday Industry
The Forest of Dean is a very special place for hundreds of thousands of holiday makers over many generations. The very nature of the Forest itself is enough to attract people from all walks of life to this beautiful and idyllic part of the United Kingdom.
It is no wonder people flock here. The forest is beautiful, dramatic, colourful and ever changing with the passing seasons. It is a firm favourite for photographers who want that perfect shot, artists who seek inspiration, walkers, cycle riders, bird watchers and many more outdoor activities. You can also bring your pet with you, how nice is that.
Self catering holidays in the Dean Forest are a great option. With a self catering cottage or lodge, you have the freedom of movement not afforded you with hotels or resorts.
If you would like to spend some time in the Forest of Dean, then contact us at Forest of Dean Lodges and we will be happy to make sure you have a holiday to remember.