All too often we add places to our UK bucket lists that are too obvious. I rarely use the term 'hidden gem' but after my recent visit, I'm inclined to, because the Forest of Dean is just that!
The Forest of Dean is one of the only surviving ancient woodlands in England and was the second largest crown forest for hunting, after the New Forest in Hampshire (my local stomping ground).
When I was invited along with some other lovely bloggers, who I'll link at the end of this post, I immediately said I would love to. My dad had spent some time working in Monmouth and had told me it was beautiful, and so to be given the opportunity to visit this part of the UK was great.
It truly is one of those places that has something for everyone, whether you want an active trip or not. The upcoming Forest Activities Festival, being held at The Speech House Hotel on 23rd April 2017 will showcase the best the forest has to offer, but for a sneak preview of just a few of the activities on offer, read on...