These pretty woods in the Forest of Dean have miles of peaceful woodland trails to follow. You can park at the medium sized Queens Wood car park to start your walk. It's located just to the south of Kempley. From here you can pick up several different trails, heading west into Queen's Wood in the Dymock Forest. Heading east takes you into Dymcock Wood.
The woods consist of Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir, Oak and Beech. In the spring months you will see lots of wildflowers including bluebells, heather, wood anemone and the Wild Daffodils which are a feature of the area.
You should see lots of butterflies fluttering around the flowers too. Look out for pearl-bordered fritillary, wood white and the uncommon white admiral as you make your way around the site.
This walk takes you along a pretty stream to a large pond in Queen's Wood. Leave the car park and head west before turning south along the stream. You then return on other paths through Brandhill Wood.
The long distance Daffodil Way passes through the eastern section of the woods. You can pick it up to extend your walking through the Forest of Dean. It will take you on a tour of the countryside, orchards and woodland surrounding the village of Dymock.
PostcodeGL18 2BW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Dymock Woods Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Dymock Woods Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Dymock Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Dymock Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
As you'd imagine the woodland trails are ideal for dog walking. You'll probably see other owners with their pets on a fine day.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a few miles south east of the woods and you could visit the interesting town of Newent. Here you can pick up the Newent Walk which visits the excellent viewpoint at May Hill and the noteworthy International Birds of Prey Centre in Boulsdon. The centre is one of the main attractions in the area and is notable as the oldest dedicated birds of prey centre in the world. It's located just a few miles south of the woods and well worth a visit. The town centre of Newent is also worthy of exploration with the 17th century half timbered Market Hall and a number of listed 13th century buildings.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Forest of Dean Walks and the Herefordshire Walks pages.