10 British forests getaways – with great places to stay

10 british forests getaways with great places to stay

Mysterious and atmospheric, the Forest of Dean combines dense pine woods, rolling hills and the glistening ribbon of the Wye river, with plenty of family attractions dotted throughout. The big draws are Puzzlewood – a natural theme park – and the Clearwell Caves, while the Perrygrove Railway offers the chance to see the forest from a steam-drawn carriage. Hole up at the super-chic Tudor Farmhouse, a former working farm dating back to the 13th century, which offers rustic bedrooms and modern British cuisine. Doubles from £239 half-board, tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk

Welsh wonder: follow a trail that links giant redwoods, eucalyptus, oak and walnut trees. Photograph: Joan Gravell/Alamy

Dating back to before records began in the sixth century, Brechfa (then known as the Glyn Cothi Forest) is encircled by traditional Welsh villages and hamlets that exude a tranquil charm. Follow the Forest Garden Trail, which links giant redwoods, eucalyptus, oak and walnut trees, wander through the Alpine-esque pine woods and settle down to lunch on one of the picnic tables, feasting on provisions from the fabulous Ginhaus Deli in nearby Landeilo…

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