Local Area

The Forest of Dean is one of England’s last remaining ancient forests and is an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty (AONB). Encompassing the River Wye and the popular Symonds Yat Rock, it is a haven for those who appreciate the natural world and beautiful scenery. The local area is also a magnet for those who love outdoor pursuits such as canoeing, biking, fishing and walking.

Listed below are just some of the many local attractions and things to do.

 And for more ideas, why not try the visitdeanwye.co.uk/things-to-do or visitrossonwye.com/ websites




The Wye Valley is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) for good reason. The picturesque river is 215km long and provides many beautiful walks along its wooded banks as it curves its way through 3 counties. The forest itself, one of Englands last remaining ancient forests, is criss-crossed with many footpaths and tracks. Indeed, several delightful walks can be done right from Belvedere’s front door! Here are just a few of our favourites.

Symonds Yat Rock and the Biblins from near Symonds Yat

Goodrich and Symonds Yat

Heart of the forest walk



The River Wye is a great place to experience the delights of Canoeing or Kayaking. Voted as the public’s favourite river! by the WWF and even described as the canoeing capital of Europe, it offers everything from rapids at Symonds Yat to just a lazy cruise through the stunning scenery of the Wye Valley. When you stay at Belvedere House you couldn’t be better situated as there’s a popular getting in point in view from our front door! We also have secure storage for your canoe. Come and experience this unique river for yourselves. Below are a few of the local companies who arrange boating activities including canoe hire.

Wye Pursuits

WyeDean Canoe Hire

River Wye Canoe Hire


Forest of Dean & Wye Valley, cyclingCycling

The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley provides such varied terrain and scenery – with an extensive network of stoned roads and paths, it is perfect for cyclists of all abilities. Road riders can look forward to winding country lanes and short hill climbs. Families can use the popular cycle paths in the Cannop Valley safely away from traffic, and for keen mountain bikers the downhill Forest tracks provide wild opportunities with an excellent dedicated off-road area.

Pedal a bike away

Cycle routes

Dean Forest Cycles

Forest of Dean & Wye Valley, Mallards PikeFishing

The River Wye, particularly in this area, is a popular venue for visiting fishermen due to its quality and quantity of fish. Riffles and deep holding pools attract a variety of fish including Salmon, Barbel to 12lbs, Chubb to 5lbs, large shoals of Dace to 1lb, good stocks of Roach/Bleak, eels, the occasional Trout, Perch and large Pike up to 30lbs. The river at Lower Lydbrook starts its twisting course through the dramatic and spectacular landscape of hills, cliffs and broad ravines. It’s a wonderful place to fish for either coarse or game. Apart from the river itself, there are also a number of lakes and ponds within the Forest of Dean. Altogether, it’s a haven for the angler, both keen enthusiast or occasional fisherman.




Forest of Dean & Wye Valley, Beechenhurst.Other

Whether you are looking for an outdoor activity based holiday, or just a restful break to soak up the beautiful surroundings, the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley has a great deal to offer. If the latter is more your things, then there’s castles, caves, gardens, cookery, pottery, steam railways, famous ruined abbey, heritage, cider, arts and crafts, vineyards museums, farms etc etc. or you may just prefer to sit and enjoy this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

International Centre for Birds of Prey


Dean Heritage Centre

Mary Rose Young Pottery

Clearwell Caves

Goodrich Castle

Dean Forest Railway

Monmouth Museum

Tintern Abbey

Harts Barn Craft Centre