A Day Out In The Forest Of Dean for the family

a day out in the forest of dean

a day out in the forest of dean

So you fancy taking on the zip wires, rope ladders and Tarzan swings? Excellent decision. A Go Ape experience is like no other. And if you’re planning an exhilarating trip to Go Ape in the Forest of Dean, there’s certainly no shortage of things for you and your tribe to get up to before or after. With something for all ages, plan your day around your Go Ape adventure. From eating to exploring, there’s something to do whatever the weather.

What to do?

Go bike riding

Although you’ll have witnessed a lot of the beautiful forest from high up in the trees, if you want to see more from terra firma, how about hiring a bike? Pedalbikeaway Cycle Centre offers a wide range of hire bikes (mountain bikes/downhill bikes/leisure bikes), as well as a designated 10-mile family trail. Their café makes the perfect pit-stop if you’re in need of a brew, and they also offer a healthy smoothie menu for the little ‘uns.

Where to go?

Puzzlewood

While you’re in the woods, swing by Puzzlewood. It’s where some of Harry Potter and Dr Who and Merlin were filmed – and its magical enchantment of twisted roots, bridges and moss-covered rocks make it easy to understand why. Have a go at one of the mazes (indoor or outdoor), and you could even partake in a spot of pony riding, if you get the urge.

Where to eat?

The Cock Inn

A stone (or twig’s) throw from Go Ape and you’ll discover the fabulous Cock Inn in Blakeney – a pub that’s perfect for little monkeys and Tarzans alike. A 16th century coaching inn, the owners here will greet you with a warm welcome, hearty food and a huge beer garden (or log fire during the chilly months). From sandwiches to filling main meals, treat yourself after completing Go Ape – you deserve it.

And something for a rainy day?

Clearwell Caves

While Go Ape can be enjoyed come rain or shine, there are other things you can do before or after your monkey business if you want to escape the showers. Clearwell Caves is one of the main attractions in the area and, charging only £21 for a family pass, it won’t break the bank. The caves are completely natural and are some of the UK’s most complex and oldest mines (dating back 4,000 years).