Enjoying the area

There is so much to see and do and so many opportunities to explore and try your hand at something you probably wouldn’t have at home. There is breathtaking scenery with colours that constantly change with each season

Symonds Yat

On your doorstep are Symonds Yat East, West and Coppett Hill.  Visit the Butterfly Zoo, Amazing Hedge Puzzle, adventure playground, Yat Rock vantage point, take a leisurely boat trip down the Wye or using your own steam hire a canoe. Relax by taking a walk along the river or enjoy a meal and cream tea at one of the lovely pubs.

Take a walk on Coppett Hill at the end of our garden.  Coppett Hill is a local nature reserve with magnificent views stretching as far as the Brecon Beacons and Malvern’s.

www.symondsyateast.co.uk

www.coppett-hill.org.uk

Forest of Dean

With over 28,000 acres of woodland and steeped in history the Forest of Dean is an amazing place to visit. Where else would you find a stained glass window hanging between the trees and a giants chair on a sculpture trail! It has an incredible range of diverse activities and events for all age ranges and abilities including arts, crafts, steam trains, mines, Clearwell Caves, Puzzle Wood, cycling, Pedalabikeaway centre, Forest Model Village, Dean Heritage Centre, Go Ape walking, Mallard’s Pike and Cannop Ponds, museums, food and music festivals,

www.visitforestofdean.co.uk

Wye Valley

Dominated by the River Wye, which has carved a spectacular gorge covered with one of the largest remaining areas of semi-natural broad-leaved woodland in the UK, the Wye Valley straddles the border between England and Wales and covers 128 square miles.  It has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC).  Particularly important is its rich wildlife habitats, and protected sites, which are both nationally and internationally recognised.

www.visitwyevalley.com

www.wyedeantourism.co.uk

Market Towns

Rocklands Farm is less than 6 miles from the beautiful Market towns of Ross on Wye, and Monmouth. 2010 is the year for Monmouth’s first walking festival. www.monmouth.gov.uk

Further afield for literacy lovers is the world famous book town of Hay-on-Wye or you may fancy a visit to other interesting and popular towns of Chepstow, Hereford, Ledbury and Abergavenny.

www.hay-on-wye.co.uk

History – Castles, Abbeys, Churches, Mines

The area is steeped in history, with castles galore. The closest, half a mile away is Goodrich Castle, one of the finest medieval Norman castles of its time. Why not go onto Raglan, Grosmont, Eastnor, Croft or Skenfrith castle.  A short car ride to the picturesque village of Tintern you will have a wonderful example of the first Cistercian Abbey. There are intriguing churches and the remnants of old forges, cider mills and lime kilns to be found, betraying the valley’s industrial history.

www.english-heritage.org.uk

www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The drive from Monmouth to Chepstow via Redbrook, Llandogo and Tintern (A466) is extremely scenic and was voted one of the most beautiful drives in the country.

Food & Drink

Once you’ve worked up an appetite there is an abundance of delightful pubs and restaurants in the area ranging from your Michelin star restaurants to good old-fashioned pubs providing hearty fare.

Walking and riding

Whether you are on two feet, four feet or two wheels, there are walks and rides into the Forest of Dean and Coppett Hill directly from the doorstep, within easy reach the more notable Wye Valley Walk and Offa’s Dyke Path as well as others providing opportunity for observing wildlife.