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And doggy comes too: pet-friendly holidays in the Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean is often nicknamed ‘a fantastic natural playground’ which makes it the ultimate staycation destination for families and pets alike. If you’re looking to escape to somewhere a little more peaceful this summer, a pet-friendly holiday at our Forest of Dean location could be just what you need to recharge. 

Holidays in the Forest of Dean

This secret paradise is one of England’s few remaining ancient woodlands and is known as one of the most breathtakingly scenic areas in the UK. From the majestic River Wye lazily snaking its way through the lush wooded valley to the wild forest landscape, it makes the ideal UK short break. 

River Wye

Dog walking in the Forest of Dean 

With leaves to scamper through, sticks to gather and streams to navigate, there is no better place to bring your dog. Especially during warmer months when the forest begins to awaken. 

Jumping beneath the oak and beech trees and leaping in puddles -  there’s sure to be lots of giggles as you watch your furry friend get to grips with nature on your woodland amble. Perfect if you love getting muddy. 

And there’s lots for little ones to spot too. Look out for pied flycatchers, wood warblers, small pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies, wood white butterflies and huge dragonflies to create a slower, more mindful forest experience. 

Dog in forest

Make time for the little things

One of the simplest ways to slow down is to spend time around water. Studies show that soothing our senses with water can help us become happier, calmer and more in-tune with our needs. Luckily the Forest of Dean has plenty of places to discover the power of water. 

Apart from the many ponds and lakes in the area, your forest walks are sure to span countless streams and waterfalls. This helps to cultivate a more relaxed vibe than your hectic daily dog walks at home. Although you may still find yourself soaked by the classic ‘dry off shake’ should your dog decide to take a dip. Oops. 

Dogs on dog walk

How to create the best dog friendly holiday

When walking your dog in the forest, it’s important to respect the wildlife that already call it home. Before you head off on your UK staycation, read up on the countryside code to get prepared. When you’re out on a stroll, pop your dog on a lead if any animals are around and don’t forget to clean up after your dog. 

Fancy getting some fresh air with a long distance trek? One of the most laidback walks is the route to Symonds Yat on the banks of the River Wye which is a manageable two miles through the woods from your cabin. 

Forest Holidays cabin in Forest of Dean

If you’re after any more dog friendly holiday ideas our Forest Ranger Chris Smyllie has some great tips for where to take your dog. Make sure you grab a natter with him on arrival before retreating to your secluded woodland cabin for a few days of bliss. 

The Forest of Dean has stirred the imagination for centuries, providing a tranquil location to reconnect with nature and explore the beauty of the UK. Rediscover your sense of calm and book your pet-friendly staycation at our Forest of Dean location today. 

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