Enjoy a Winter Walk in the Forest of Dean

This winter is probably going to be a little bit different to the usual – with restrictions on gatherings and fewer places to go, it is important that we focus on the things that we can do rather than the things that we can’t.

One of the most enjoyable ways to spend time is by walking in the countryside – as well as keeping your body healthy, it is also good for the mind, especially as the current situation has caused a rise in mental illness, walking is a good way to keep yourself feeling well this winter.Visit Shamrock Gift, get yourself some aran sweaters and go out and enjoy the outdoors.

One of the best places to enjoy a walk is in the Forest of Dean – this ancient woodland in Gloucestershire has inspired authors, poets and artists, and is full of beautiful scenery and places to explore and enjoy.

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Soudley Ponds – These beautiful ponds are the perfect place for a winter walk – as the icy days draw closer, see the low sun glinting on the water, and the frost decorating the trees. Take some seed with you as there are lots of waterfowl here that will be hungry!

The Sculpture Trail – Great for kids and adults, this is a trail around the woods where you will come across various sculptures – look out for the huge stained-glass window hanging from the trees and the giant chair!

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Puzzlewood – This part of the forest is famous for its unusual earth formations – you will really feel as if you are in an enchanted wood as you make your way around the deep gorges and the twisted tree roots.