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|Speech House and the Forest of Dean|
|Author: Claire, Published: 08 Apr 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean|
|A 3 mile circular woodland walk through the Forest of Dean starting from Speech House. Speech House is now a hotel but has always been home to the Verderers’ Court Room which helps to manage the forest, game and mineral resources of the area. The Forest of Dean gives a wonderful setting for the walk with dense plantations of coniferous and deciduous trees with thick carpets of moss and woodland flowers below. When the sun beams fall through the trees onto the moss below the effect is really magical. At any moment you expect King Arthur to emerge through the trees and in fact the BBC’s drama series Merlin was filmed nearby. |
The walk follows well made forest tracks and there are just a couple of very gradual ascents and descents. There are a few gates but no stiles. The forest is home to deer and also wild boar – whilst sightings of the latter are rare take care with dogs. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from the Cyril Hart Arboretum Forestry Commission car park. The car park is on the B4226, just 200 yards along from Speech House heading towards Cinderford. Approximate post code GL16 7EL.
|Arboretum to Diagonal Crossroads|
Start point: 51.8076 lat, -2.5477 long
From the car park go through the gate into the Cyril Hart Arboretum. Go straight ahead and pass through a second gate to leave the small arboretum and enter the forest.
|Diagonal Crossroads to Trafalgar Avenue|
Start point: 51.8046 lat, -2.5391 long
Turn sharp right, marked with a green arrow. Along this section the forest is very dense and when sun beams fall through the trees onto the moss below the effect is really magical. At any moment you expect King Arthur to emerge through the trees and in fact the BBC’s drama series Merlin was filmed in the Forest of Dean.
|Trafalgar Avenue to Spruce Ride|
Start point: 51.793 lat, -2.5439 long
Turn right onto Trafalgar Avenue and continue ahead through the young plantation. Go straight on and the path becomes Nelson Grove, a section of more mature coniferous trees.
|Spruce Ride to Arboretum|
Start point: 51.802 lat, -2.5459 long
Turn left onto Spruce Ride. Spruce Ride was planted around 1850 and then replanted in 1920 and 2010 in commemoration of retired Forestry Commission staff who have dedicated part of their working lives to the ongoing management of the Forest of Dean.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Did this walk today on my trusted Tramper. Really enjoyed it. Just be aware there are 2 car parks called Cyril Hart Arboretum. We started at the wrong one which is referred to in the last section of the walk as "a wooded car park" so (in the manner of Eric Morcombe) we did all the right walk but not necessarily in the right order. The app is brilliant for this sort of event as it lets you know exactly where you should be and how to get back on track. The foxgloves were in full glory today. Very beautiful.
|By Jules19 on 21 Jun 2014|
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