5 Instagrammable Walking Trails

The Forest of Dean was recognised as the second most beautiful forest in the UK in a recent poll. It’s stunning natural landscape attracts visitors seeking outdoor adventures amidst serene surroundings. There are a variety of walking trails suitable for all levels of fitness and ability.  The Forest is an ideal destination for a walking holiday or a pet-friendly getaway. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture stunning photographs of your adventure. Here are our 5 Instagrammable walking trails in the Forest of Dean.

 

Whitestones taking in Cleddon Falls – 4 miles – Easy to Moderate – dog friendly

The first of our 5 Instagrammable walking trails is Cleddon Falls.  Cleddon Falls is an amazing discovery with several viewpoints.  The highlight is a series of cascading pools and a magnificent 20-metre waterfall drop.  Leave the track to get a closer look at the waterfall.  Remember to keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife that may cross your path.

https://www.visitdeanwye.co.uk/things-to-do/whitestone-and-cleddon-falls-p1312361

 

Symonds Yat Rock – Biblins Bridge – around 3 hours (extended route 5 hours) – moderate- dog-friendly

The second of our 5 Instagrammable walking trails is Symonds Yat Rock to Biblins Bridge loop walk.  One of the must-visit trails in the Forest of Dean. This scenic route starts at the iconic Symonds Yat Rock.  Then takes you down a steep hillside path towards Symonds Yat East. Keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife.  Look out for the red and white chalet featured in the Netflix series Sex Education.

Channel your inner Indiana Jones and cross one of the oldest suspension bridges in the area.  Travel on the last hand ferry in Britain before concluding the walk. You can take a break at either the Saracen’s Head or Ye old Ferrie Inn, both are dog-friendly.

Symonds Yat Rock to Biblins Bridge loop walk provides plenty of opportunities to capture that perfect Instagram-worthy shot.

https://www.visitdeanwye.co.uk/things-to-do/walking/symonds-yat-rock-walks

For a longer walk exploring the best of Symonds Yat East and West try this walking route https://www.welshmanwalking.co.uk/symonds-yat-king-arthurs-cave-biblins-bridge-near-hearkening-rock-symonds-yat-rock-river-wye-circular/

 

Puzzlewood Walk – 2 miles – Easy (There is a charge to enter Puzzlewood)

The third of our 5 Instagrammable walking trails is remarkable Puzzlewood.  A 14-acre ancient woodland located in the Forest of Dean, renowned for its unique Scowles landscape feature. The 2-mile trail takes visitors on an unforgettable journey through a world of twisted trees, winding trails, and moss-covered boulders.

The surreal surroundings of Puzzlewood have inspired numerous film and TV productions. .  It’s a popular destination for visitors seeking a unique and enchanting experience.  There are plenty of opportunities to capture that perfect Instagrammable shot.  Puzzlewood is a must-visit destination for those looking to explore the beauty and magic of the Forest of Dean.

https://www.visitdeanwye.co.uk/things-to-do/puzzlewood-p1309611

 

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail – 4.8 miles – easy to moderate- dog-friendly

The fourth of our 5 Instagrammable walking trails is The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.  Take in a unique and memorable experience.   Explore the trail and discover  a collection of sculptures  created by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists.  Installations can be created using various materials such as wood, stone, metal, and glass.

The trail encourages visitors to touch and discover the sculptures and their surroundings. There are  plenty of opportunities to capture the beauty of the sculptures and landscape through photographs. This trail is a great place for those seeking that perfect Instagrammable shot.  The trail is free and open year-round.

Arts – The Forest of Dean Sculpture trail at Beechenhurst | Forestry England

2722.1 FoD Sculpture Trail Leaflet_0.pdf (forestryengland.uk)

 

May Hill Circular Walk- 4 miles – easy  &  moderate – dog-friendly

The fifth of our 5 Instagrammable walking trails is iconic May Hill. Embark on a circular trail that winds through rolling hills, open fields, and woodland. May Hill is one of the highest hills in the region.  It offers breathtaking views in every direction.  Its iconic clump of trees serve as a well-known landmark that can be spotted from miles away.

May Hill is one of the best locations to capture beautiful shots of the sun rising or setting.  This walking route is a must for photographers and nature lovers alike.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/gloucestershire-cotswolds/may-hill/may-hill-countryside-walk

https://www.visitdeanwye.co.uk/things-to-do/may-hill-p1312301

 

For more information about May Hill read our blog 5 Places to Go and See the Bluebells and 5 Perfect Picnic Locations

 

Don’t forget to use our hashtag #willowforeststays when you share your stunning photos on Instagram during your visit to the Forest of Dean’s picturesque walking trails!

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