These two large ponds in the Forest of Dean are a lovely spot for an easy afternoon stroll. It's a nice gentle walk of just over a mile on good footpaths with lovely scenery and wildlife to enjoy.
You can start the walk from the car park on the New Road, next to the northern pond. Then pick up the waymarked trail which heads between the ponds and then south along the pretty Cannop Brook to the other ponds. Look out for Mandarin ducks, reed warblers and a pair of nesting mute swans on the water. There's also lots of interesting plants with common spotted-orchid, marsh pennywort, common valerian, skullcap and creeping jenny adding to the area's charm.
The ponds are on the circular Forest of Dean Family Route. You can pick up the cycling and walking trail to further explore the area. Following the trail just a mile north will take you to the splendid Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.
Cannop Ponds PostcodeGL15 4JS
N.B Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations