Step from your cabin and take any of the many woodland walks. Maps are available at the Forest Retreat with trails from under 1km up to 8.5km. The magnificent River Wye can be reached at two spots. The quickest route is 3.8km through the woods, but it is worth taking the slightly longer route to Symonds Yat Rock for the stunning views and the chance to see the nesting peregrine falcons on the cliff face. An 8.5km loop takes in both spots and the lovely thing about all these walks is that they are completely within the forest, so there are no roads to negotiate.
You can extend your hike through the woods to Symonds Yat with a riverside walk. Drop down from Symonds Yat Rock and catch the ancient pull ferry across the river. A bridge back is about 2km upriver after passing the rapids and Lord’s Wood, which has about 20 species of butterfly. If you are keen to spot wildlife, the Heart of the Woodland Wildlife Walk covers habitats for a wide variety of species including great crested newts, nightjars, common shrews, treecreepers and bats.