Within walking distance
There are numerous walks up into the Forest of Dean, which lies directly opposite our field centre. The Forest of Dean covers some 27,000 acres and is one of England’s largest areas of ancient woodland. Footpaths and trails criss-cross the forest, including many new tracks that were once railways or tramways. These are almost entirely flat and thus are suitable for any level of physical ability, whether on two or four feet!
Just 10 minutes’ walk down Jubilee Road lies St Anthony’s Well, which is fed from a nearby spring in woodland near Gun’s Mill Farm. Other nearby sites of archaeological interest are listed here. The well was built by the monks of Flaxley Abbey and has steps down into its waters, which are thought to have magical curative properties.
Mitcheldean is well worth a visit, if only to see St Michael’s Church. This 15th-century church is of remarkable height and width, with a large nave and two wide aisles, all supported by timber felled from the Forest of Dean.
A pleasant 2 km walk west through the Forest of Dean from Oakraven, brings you to Aunt Martha’s Victorian Tea-Rooms & Gardens, and we highly recommend that everyone experience this pinnacle of elegance and sophistication. Their web-site also lists some special events that Aunt Martha periodically hosts.
There are excellent walks in the valley down to Welshbury Hill with its important and large Iron Age camp.
Nearby towns & sites
The nearest town is Mitcheldean, which is just 15 minutes’ walk away and has a variety of amenities, including post office, small supermarket, butcher, grocer, pharmacy, fast-food takeaways (including Fish-n-Chips, Chinese, Kebab, & Pizza) library, surgery, town hall and a number of public houses.
Only a short car-journey away at 3 miles to Cinderford is a large town which includes large Lidl & Co-op supermarkents and the Dean Heritage Centre. Nearby is also Clearwell Caves and Puzzle Wood at Coleford. The Dean Forest Railway Centre in Lydney is also well worth a ride.
Further afield Ross on Wye is situated approximately 7.5 miles to the north-west, Monmouth is approximately 13.5 miles to the south-west and Gloucester is just over 12 miles east. Ross on Wye is beautiful little market town; the city of Gloucester has a magnificent cathedral and docks.