The Forest of Dean, Coleford

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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 north-west, 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 (42.5 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.
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  • Lots of Walks, Many Attractions, Great Scenery, Plenty of wildlife inc Wild Boar and so many places to eat. Spend a few days exploring or relaxing.  more »
  • Enjoyed a few walks during our holiday. Beautiful scenery, saw lots of birds. Very relaxing. Lots of paths to follow. Loved walking through the RSPB Nagshead Nature Reserve.  more »

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