Forest of Dean


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  The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire sits between the Rivers Severn and Wye, it was a Royal Hunting Forest in time gone by, it is now managed by the Forestry Commission who provide many facilities to enable visitors to explore and enjoy the forest.

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River Wye from Symonds Yat Rock

Looking up the River Wye from one of the view points at Symonds Yat Rock.



Cliif with falcon's nest at Symonds Yat

Falcon's nest

There is a peregrine falcon's nest on the cliffs in the top photo, even with a 300mm lens it was just too far for a decent shot but you can just see the bird in the right hand photo.



River Wye from Symonds Yat Rock

Looking the other way, the river takes a long loop around the high ground to the left.



Symonds Yat from Symonds Yat Rock

Looking down from the other side of Symonds Yat Rock with the River Wye, which has almost completed a full circle, dividing the village into East and West.


Symonds Yat viallage from Symonds Yat Rock

Another view of the village and river from a different vantage point, the Wye valley around here is well wooded as you can see, there are some good walks by the river on a disused railway line.


River Wye at Symonds Yat

The two halves of Symonds Yat are linked by a hand worked pedestrian ferry which can be seen part way across in this photo.  There are boat trips on the river as well, the boat is tied up near the little ferry.


Signs of wild boar in the Forest of Dean

In to the forest proper, this grass has been rooted through by wild boar, there is now a sizeable population of them and signs are everywhere.  However they a shy animals and you are lucky to see any.


Forest scene in the Forest of Dean

Cars among the trees in the Forest of Dean

Two photos of typical forest scenes, the Forestry Commission provide plenty of pull ins in the forest where you can park to enjoy the view or head off for a walk.


Laden chestnut tree

This chestnut tree was heavily laden with nuts - however the undergrowth stopped you getting any.  More food for the boars when they fall!


Beech mast in the Forest of Dean

Plenty of beech mast in this view.


Trees in the forest

Tree in the Forest of Dean

View in the forest

Three more views of this patch of the forest.



View up the River Severn from Lydney Harbour

Now to the coast at Lydney, this is the view up the River Severn at low tide.  On the right is Sharpness Docks at the entrance to the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.


Down river towards the Severn Bridges

Down river you can see both the motorway Severn Crossings, the original suspension bridge is nearest with the cable stayed Second Severn Crossing beyond, near the first bridge electricity cables cross the river between two tall pylons.


Lock gates at Lydney Harbour

The seaward side of the lock gates at Lydney Harbour, again at low tide - the tide will need to come in a long way before boats can use this lock, the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel have the second largest tidal range in the world which poses problems such as this for boat users of all types.


Locks at Lydney Harbour

A view over the lock leading to the entrance basin with the gates to the Severn beyond it.



Flood gates above the lock

Just by the lock gates there is a pair of flood gates to guard against exceptionally high tides - and rising sea levels due to global warming.


Boats in Lydney Harbour

Boats in Lydney Harbour.



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This site was last updated 15/07/2012