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The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional rescource for all walkers, hykers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to guided walks and really audious walks.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Apex Outdoor

Berry Hill, Coleford GL16 8QQ, UK – 01594 835160

Great store for outward bound clothes or equipment. Lovely coffee shop

Easy access. Large, spacious shop. Helpful staff. Sadly didn't have what we wanted.

Forest of Dean Adventure Bracelands Site

Bracelands Dr, Coleford GL16 7NN, UK – 01594 821003

Beautiful wood walks

Forest of Dean Adventure Beechenhurst Site

Beechenhurst, Coleford GL16 7EG, UK – 01594 821003

Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Bracelands Campsite

Bracelands Dr, Christchurch, Coleford GL16 7NP, UK – 01594 837258

A brilliant setting in the heart of the Forest. Ideal for little one's as you're only seconds away from some very close and easy walks. Plus there's some great off track bits that the kids can explore without the need for helicopter parenting!! Great facilities and the staff were extremely helpful no matter what the question

Stunning site in the forest. Wardens just couldn't be more friendly and helpful. Great walks in the forest and some stunning sunsets made for a great few days stay.

Rushmere Farm Camping

Crossways, Coleford GL16 8QP, UK – 01594 835319

Wonderful site with friendly owners, they accommodated our impromptu 8pm arrival! Excellent facilities in a lovely log cabin. The site is within walking distance to the town which has everything you might need. Would love to come back soon!

Absolutely fantastic campsite, very clean and tidy. Has all the amenities you need plus more. We will definitely be going back. Thank you for a lovely weekend.

Greenacres Campsite

Scowles Rd, Coleford GL16 8QS, UK – 01594 837753

Had a great few days at this small but perfectly formed campsite. Pretty flat ground, brand-new looking toilet block, lovely play field with climbing frame, logs and trees to climb for the kids, access to paths for dog walking, small shop on site, fire pits and wood etc to hire. What more could you want? If you are very particular about showers, the rosettes spray very far/widely and the drainage wasn't brilliant but the temperature was good! All in all a lovely stay and the family running the site were more than happy to help.

Have booked another 2 nights for next weekend, that’s 3 weekends in a row!! Excellent site. Owners Maureen and Andrew are warm and welcoming and show great dedication for their camp site. Fantastic new facilities, kept to a perfect standered. Pitches are flat, short grass and ample size. Definitely recommending a stay here. So many things close by too.

Dog People is such a great website if you have dogs who go on holiday with you. Just enter your location and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!
'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around Clearwell Castle Hotel or Gloucestershire just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy