The Magic Puzzlewood
Ride the Severn Bore
Gloucester Cathedral
Redhill Extreme Boarding and Biking Centre

Local Attractions

  • Gloucester 11 miles
  • Monmouth and Wales 11 miles
  • Carp Fishing 2-3 minutes walk
  • Redhill Extreme Mountain Biking 2-3 mins walk
  • Mountain Boarding 2-3 mins walk
  • Elton Leisure and Therapy by arrangement
  • Walking and Cycling
  • Golf 6 mi
  • Littledean Jail, former house of correction - not to be missed
  • Canoeing
  • Elton Mazes 2-3 mins walk
  • Outlet Shopping at Gloucester Quays
  • The Severn Bore
  • Puzzlewood Ancient Forest

DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA

In a slightly elevated position with views over the Severn valley, Honeysuckle cottage was built in 2013 and is situated in the six acre grounds of Sunnybank cottage. Quiet location yet close to the A4151 for easy access to many amenities and within walking distance of Elton Carp fishing, Elton Farm private leisure centre, Elton maze, (June to Sep), mountain biking and mountain boarding.

Within easy reach of the ancient city of Gloucester with its docks, many attractions and outlet shopping, Ross on Wye, Cheltenham and Hereford are just a short drive away.

The Royal Forrest of Dean as well as walking and cycling has many attractions including Hopwell Colliery Museum, The Heritage Centre, Puzzlewood, Clearwell caves etc.

Eating out: The Greyhound Inn is 0.7 mi, The Ship at Newnham 2.6 mi, White Hart 1.6 mi. The city of Gloucester is 11 mi.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO DURING YOUR STAY

The Severn Bore

The Severn Bore is one of Britain's few truly spectacular natural phenomena. It is a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary of the River Severn, where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the world, being as much as 50 feet (approx. 15.4m)

http://www.severn-bore.co.uk/

Gloucester Historic Docks and activities

Gloucester Waterways Museum, features life on Britain's inland waterways using artifacts, photographs, videos and computer interactives. Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, occupying the former Custom House Gloucester Leisure Cruises, 45 min trips down the canal and back. http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/gloucester-waterways-museum/boat-hire-and-trips Gloucester Antiques Centre, over 100 individual dealers - cafe on the second floor. Working Dry Docks and much more

http://www.gloucesterdocks.me.uk/gloucester/forvisitors.htm

Gloucester Quays Outlet Shopping

Gloucester Quays Outlet have an outstanding mix of high street and designer labels at up to 70% off recommended retail prices. GL1 5SH or GL1 5SF If your GPS satellite navigation or map directs you towards Llanthony Bridge please do not drive across the bridge. This is now closed to all except buses, taxis, pedestrians, cyclists and emergency vehicles. Drivers crossing the bridge will be issued a £60 fine by Gloucester City Council.

http://www.gloucesterquays.co.uk

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester, England, stands in the north of the city near the river. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter (dissolved by King Henry VIII). Edward 11 of England (1307-1327) is among those buried here. Sceens from Harry Potter and Doctor Who were filled here.The Great East window was installed in the 1350s

http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

Dean Heritage Centre

With a wide range of things to do and see, including five onsite galleries exploring the history of the Forest from the Ice Age to the present day; a reconstructed Victorian cottage; a charcoal burner's camp; an adventure playground; chainsaw carving demonstrations; a variety of animals, an onsite gift shop and cafe. With a full programme of special events, exhibitions, art shows and educational workshops. GL14 2UB.

http://www.deanheritagecentre.com/

Walking in The Forest of Dean

Walking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the area for both visitors and residents. On this and linked pages you will find a number of resources to find your way about and to learn more about the area, including easy walks; Offa's Dyke Path, the Sculpture Trail etc If you have a dog, you might wish to consider a book with details of 20 walks in the Forest of Dean suitable for a dog (and their owners too).

http://www.visitforestofdean.co.uk/general_walking

Cycling - Leisure or Mountain Biking

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.

http://www.visitforestofdean.co.uk/g_cycling

Canoeing

The River Wye has been used for navigation for many centuries. In the past the Wye was an important commercial waterway. Today boating on the river is mostly canoeing and rowing, with some passenger sightseeing boats operating around Symonds Yat. With slow running waters, the River Wye is perfect for beginners to canoe and kayak, although its fast rapid waters at Symonds Yat guarantee to excite the more experienced water enthusiast. Canoes / kayaks can be hired from several different locations.

http://www.visitforestofdean.co.uk/general_canoe

Puzzlewood Ancient Forest

In Puzzlewood you will find strange rock formations, secret caves and ancient trees, which have kept locals guessing for centuries as to what hand or force could have created such a unique and eerie landscape, aptly named "Puzzlewood". Other facilities: Farm animals; Willow Maze; Indoor playground (special under 5's area); Cafe and Gift Shop; Picknic Tables. Sorry no dogs, not accessible for wheelchairs and children's buggies.

http://puzzlewood.net

Go Ape

Everyone has the Go Ape spirit just waiting to be unleashed. You'll be briefed for safety before you fly down an epic zip wire, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle high ropes crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery. GL15 4HD . Take A48 to Blakeney and then follow the brown signs to Go Ape!

http://goape.co.uk/days-out/forest-of-dean

Extreme Bike and Board Centre

Mountain Boarding Within walking distance (3 mins) Tel: 07877 147636.

http://www.redhillextreme.co.uk

Inspire to Adventure

Inspire is an outdoor adventure activity provider based near Monmouth in the heart of the Wye Valley offering a wide range activities suitable for all such as families and adult groups available include: •Gorge scrambling •High level ropes challenge •Open canoeing •Mountain biking •Climbing and abseiling •Hill walking and orienteering Activities are available as half, full or multi-day experiences. Post Code: NP25 3SR Telephone: 01600 891515

http://www.inspire2adventure.com

Perrygrove Railway Attraction

There’s lots of things to do for children on a steam train day out at Perrygrove – not just a steam train ride but lots of other ideas for the kids including treehouses, under-cover play, and wonderful woodland to explore. Pay £5 (at time of writing - please check) to drive on the the steam or diesel trains. Post Code: GL16 8QB

http://www.perrygrove.co.uk

Littledean Jail

Littledean Jail, a former house of correction, police station and courthouse is the county’s most talked about, most unorthodox, not to be missed historical visitor attraction set in the Royal Forest of Dean. The 'Alacatraz of the Forest', Littledean Jail is not only home of the infamous 'CRIME THROUGH TIME MUSEUM' - the only museum of it's kind in the World open to the public, but it also houses the largest collection of 'QUADROPHENIA' memorabilia. Postcode: GL14 3NL Tel: 01594 826659

http://www.littledeanjail.com

Dean Forest Railway

Your ticket is usually available for Unlimited Journeys on the day of issue (excluding Santa Specials and subject to seat availability). Passengers travel between Norchard, Lydney Junction and Parkend with the opportunity to alight at Lydney Town (for Bathurst Park for the children and the town shops) or St Mary's Halt (for the lake or Parish Church). A ROVER ticket will ride to Park End for lunch at one of the real pubs. Postcode: GL15 4ET Phone 01594 845840

http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk

Clearwell Caves

The caves are part of an extensive natural cave system, mined for iron ore to make one of Britain's most complex and oldest mine workings; dating back well over 4,500 years, when Neolithic miners dug for ochre pigments. Explore nine atmospheric caverns with an ancient and intriguing past. Television programmes like Dr Who and Merlin have been filmed here many times. Postcode: GL16 8JR. Telephone:01594 832535

http://www.clearwellcaves.com/

Cheltenham

Go to the races for a day or check the website for 'What's On' for events from concerts to comedy nights, Sunday markets to weekend music festivals, fireworks to fashion & gift fairs, whatever you're into there is something for everyone.

http://www.cheltenham.co.uk/

The Barn Owl Experience

Specialising in experiences for all ages, the Barn Owl Centre is a great place where you can relax & enjoy the flying & photographing Owls & Birds of Prey. Experiences operate all year round at set times, to see what they are able to offer please visit their website. A great hands-on flying experience for all especially families with young children (there is a minimum age of 4 yrs) This activity is by booking only, why not book before you arrive here?

http://www.barnowl.co.uk

Elton Mazes

Elton Adventure Maze (cross between a Maze, Adventure Playground for Adults and Children) and a Wild Garden with 2.5 km of paths. Elton Giant Mazes (3 Maize Mazes - Giant, Medium and Small with an Animal Safari theme) 20th July - 8 Sep. 5 minute walk from Honeysuckle Cottage, suitable for all ages and push chairs, dogs allowed on Sundays

http://www.eltonfarm-leisure.co.uk/Elton-Maize-Maze/Elton-Maize-Maze-Home.htm