Forest of Dean (2), Gloucestershire
Spruce Ride, Forest of Dean.
This is one of many paths in the forest and this one, as you can see, has been surfaced making for very easy walking or cycling.
Cannop Ponds South.
About two miles east of Coleford on the B4234 road, and running parallel with it, are Cannop Ponds. There are two ponds; one to the north and one to the south.
This is the south pond where there is free parking and it is an easy walk to the north pond from here.
Cannop Ponds North.
There is a larger car park by this pond which can be reached from the B4226 but it is pay and display.
It is easier to reach thsn the south pond, if you don't want to walk, but it will be more crowded than the south pond.
Cyril Hart Arboretum.
Next to the Speech House Hotel, and with its own car park, is the Cyril Hart Arboretum. Established in 1915 with trees brought back by the well known Victorian plant hunter Ernest Wilson, from his 1910 explorations of China, the Cyril Hart Arboretum is home to over 200 tree species.
We found it to be an enchanting and interesting place with some amazing trees. Well worth a visit.
|Cyril Hart Arboretum
The Forest of Dean area has a plentiful supply of Iron Ore and it has been mined here since Pre-historic times. The presence of Iron is easily seen in some of the local streams such as this one where the water is strongly stained with a rust colour.
At least one iron ore mining shaft in the forest was sunk to a depth of 350 feet but there are now no commercial mines operating here; the last commercial iron mine closed in 1946.