A new scheme is encouraging visitors to the Forest of Dean to explore some of the area’s hidden gems.

Situated in west Gloucestershire between the River Wye and the River Severn, the Forest of Dean is a popular touring destination – and if you’re still looking for some ideas for where to go this year, be sure to check our guide to the best caravan park.

Launched by Visit Dean Wye, the new initiative has seen five new experiential itineraries released as a part of its Find Your Freedom campaign.

As anyone who has been to the area before will know, there is plenty to immerse yourself in when you’re in the Forest of Dean. The sound of birdsong combines with the scents of the forest to provide a beautiful spot for forest bathing, while the many tracks are just waiting to be explored. Be sure to take your camera and binoculars with you – who knows what wildlife you may spot along the way.

Or why not head to one of the lesser-known towns and villages in the area? These vary from Cinderford – home to one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in the UK – to Lydney, where you can find the estuary of the River Severn.

Foodies will be able to try some of the delicious local produce, while the more adventurous are sure to love the chance to see the forest from a different perspective, by taking to the tree tops and embarking on a high ropes adventure. Craft lovers are also being encouraged to embrace their creative side and book in to try a workshop on a range of topics, from pottery to mosaic making.

Mark Terry-Lush, from Visit Dean Wye, commented: “The Forest of Dean is one of the UK’s best-kept secrets, offering a rich variety of businesses, experiences and mesmerising destinations off the beaten track for the adventurous, curious or creative. It’s an area of natural beauty, wide open space, rivers, hills and fresh air: the perfect spot to find your freedom.”

You can find out more by visiting Find Your Freedom.

Image courtesy of Visit Dean Wye

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