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Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean

Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean

a 5 Day Hunts Coaches Holiday to the Wye Valley and the beautiful Forest of Dean

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From the time of the Norman conquest in 1066 until 1971 the Dean was a Royal Forest. It was used by the Normans as their personal hunting ground and kept stocked with deer and wild boar. In addition the crown had the exclusive rights to timber and to the minerals. Although no longer a Royal Forest, the Dean is still largely in public ownership and is lovingly managed by the Forestry Commission.




We depart Lincolnshire for the Wye Valley, with a comfort stop on the way in Stratford Upon Avon, a market town with more than 800 years of history, containing not only many buildings that survive today and would have been familiar to Shakespeare, but also a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure, accommodation and shopping experiences. So take a moment to have a look around. We arrive at the hotel with time to relax with a welcome fruit juice before your evening meal.


This morning your driver will take you on a scenic tour of the Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty on our way to Symonds Yat to meet the boat for a cruise, The comprehensive narrative will inform and guide you into getting the very best from your cruise. Leaping salmon, peregrine falcons and mink are all regularly sighted, although our local otters are a little more elusive! We will overlook the rapids where hillside streams babble into the river between mature woodlands of oak, ash, beech and cherry trees which are all set against the backdrop of views that extend over three counties. You will witness a hand crossing ferry taking passengers from either side of the River Wye as well as the rapids.


After a filling breakfast we travel to Chepstow, The Normans knew a spot worth defending when they saw one. Their castle on the River Wye, two miles from its mouth, was a massive show of strength. Chepstow, is the town which grew beside it. We then travel to Norchard to meet the Dean Forest Railway, The 4 1/2 mile line runs through beautiful woodland and countryside offering visitors a chance to experience the relaxing pace of a typical country branch line. With 5 stations along the way you'll have time to explore the local area, taking in woodland walks and country pubs or venturing down to the Severn estuary to explore Lydney Harbour with its fantastic views across the Severn.


This morning we follow the Black and White Trail, The trail, as the name suggests, is characterised by the large number of timbered and half-timbered houses in the area some dating from medieval times, others from more recent periods. 'unrivalled in England' This is how Alec Clifton-Taylor described the half timbered 'black and white' buildings of north-west Herefordshire. Come and see if he was right! The Black & White Village Trail is a route through some of the prettiest villages and most beautiful landscape in England. The 40 mile circular trail leads west from the ancient town of Leominster, through a rich landscape of orchards, hopyards and distant hills, taking in the most picturesque black and white villages along the way as well as the little market town of Kington. The villages are more than just pretty places to visit. Each one has its own character and community, with tea-rooms, shops, craft workshops and pubs waiting to welcome the visitor.


We depart the hotel for our return journey to Lincolnshire, with comfort stops on the way.

Bells Hotel and Forest of Dean Golf Club *** The Bells Hotel combines traditional, elegant style with convenient modern facilities to ensure your stay is as relaxing and welcoming as possible. Staffed 24 hours a day, they're always on hand to provide you with a warm welcome, no matter what time you arrive.

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