A great base for exploring the area

..."very well located to visit all the important sites in the Forest."
Puzzle Wood - a magical place often used as location for films & TV.  Ancient iron workings have been reclaimed by the forest.

A footpath leads from the door into unrestricted woodland, great for dog-walking! We've meadows of wild daffodils, "bluebell" woods and wilderness coastline on the doorstep for a day's ramble.  To the East, many of the migratory birds coming in to the wildfowl trust site at Slimbridge can be seen feeding in the Severn estuary from this side of the river - Slimbridge is just across the water!



To the West, the Forest is criss-crossed by a network of dedicated cycle tracks, and for walkers there are miles of Forestry tracks and paths, many way-marked, made-up and flat. 

In Spring and Autumn, the famous Severn Bore is a natural wonder not to be missed.  You can even try surfing the wave!
                     

The Forest is great outdoors, but if its wet lots of attractions offer visitors dry alternatives. The Dean Heritage Centre, Dean Forest Railway, Lydney Docks, Harts Barn, Taurus Crafts, Clearwell Caves, Mary Rose Young's pottery and Speech House  are all within five miles of The Apple Store.   

For bird-lovers, the International  Centre for Birds of Prey  is a "must do" attraction.                                    

For the energetic, Go Ape is about a mile up the road, and paintballing, canoeing, fishing, cycling, rock and tree climbing, caving, micro-liting, horse riding and even llama trekking are amongst the many activities available.

The Forest enjoys relatively little light-pollution, so it is a haven for star-gazers.  On clear nights, the Milky Way stretches across the sky like a ribbon, and displays of shooting stars provide a nightly spectacular especially during August.



Golfers have a choice of courses around the Forest, the nearest being Lydney. 

Water-sports enthusiasts will find a sailing club at Lydney docks, and the National Diving Centre at Chepstow, about 20 minutes away. 

           

The Forest of Dean was the childhood home of JK Rowling and used for location shoots in several Harry Potter films. Tolkien found inspiration here too - a truly magical place! A footpath leads from the door into unrestricted woodland, great for dog-walking!
"We had a great stay and tried to take in all of our surroundings..."
The famous Sculpture Trail takes about 2 hours to complete; it's free, so wander and wonder in the woods at will. Take the dog, and the camera!
  
There's a Coffee Shop, Tourist Information and Adventure playground at nearby Beechenhurst, and Speech House Hotel offers lunches, coffee and a bar.

    

At Lydney, walk along the canal to the locks and pier on the River Severn and back via the viewpoint where standing stones help to identify distant landmarks.

During the summer The Balmoral steam ship is a regular visitor to Lydney for the "Great Forest Day Out" - a cruise down the Severn, along the Exmoor coast to Ilfracombe, then back across the Bristol Channel past the "Channel islands" of Flatholm and Steepholm.

 
          
From Parkend station (about 3 miles from
The Apple Store) travel behind GWR steam through picturesque woods to the mainline at Lydney on the Dean Forest Railway. 


The Wye Valley and the famous Symonds Yat gorge is about 9 miles away.  There are castles at Chepstow, St. Braivels and Goodrich, the ruined abbey of Tintern and ancient temple at Lydney Park, said to be one of several places nearby which inspired Tolkein.  Pop over to the Wye Valley gorge for an afternoon - it's that close - or make a leisurely day of it with a drive from Chepstow to Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye, stopping at Tintern, Symonds Yat and Goodrich on the way.

Gloucester, the Roman city with its beautiful Norman Cathedral, one of several nearby locations for the filming of "Harry Potter", is about 20 minutes drive, while Regency Cheltenham is about 40 minutes away.                  

Both are equally accessible by train from Lydney station too, so a day at the Races won't mean a long queue in the car!

Don't forget the festivals - Literary, Science, Jazz and Music festivals in Cheltenham, the Three Choirs festival in Worcester in 2013, Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Brecon Jazz, Hay Book Festival, Malvern and the Three Counties Showground...all great days out from The Apple Store.