GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Nagshead Nature Reserve Walk

2 miles (4 km)

This walk visits the Nagshead Nature Reserve in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
The RSPB run site includes peaceful woodland trails, ponds and glades. The reserve is great for wildlife with woodpeckers,goshawks, treecreepers and redstarts to look out for.
The reserve includes good facilities with a Visitor centre, viewing hides, two waymarked trails, a picnic area, information boards and a large car park, just to the north west of the village of Parkend.
On the northern side of the reserve you could pay a visit to Cannop Ponds. There's a nice waterside circular route here with lots more wildlife to look out for.

Postcode

GL15 4LA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Nagshead Nature Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Nagshead Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

You could head into nearby Parkend village and enjoy some post walk refreshment at The Woodman. They serve high quality locally source dishes, cooked by high level trained chefs. There's an attractive interior and a lovely courtyard area outside for warmer days. You can find them just east of the reserve car park at postcode GL15 4JF.
There's also The Fountain Inn. The inn was built over 200 years ago and then extended when the Severn and Wye Railway reached the village in 1875. There's some interesting local items on display in this historic pub.

Dog Walking

Please keep your dog on a short lead due to the wildlife. The Fountain Inn mentioned above is dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the east there's the New Fancy Viewpoint. Set on the site of the old coal mine the viewpoint is a fine place to watch birds of prey soaring through the skies above. There's also the 'Roll of Honour' sculpture and the Geomap - a map you can walk onshowing the underlying geology of the forest. A car park and picnic area add to the attraction.
In Parkend you could pick up the Dean Forest Railway and enjoy a ride on one of the splendid heritage steams trains. You can find the station and the informative railway centre about a mile east of the car park.

Photos

Clearing, Nagshead Plantation - geograph.org.uk - 2035282

Clearing, Nagshead Plantation

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View of Nagshead visitor centre, Parkend.

Road into Nagshead Nature Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1936689

Road into Nagshead Nature Reserve

Nagshead Lower Hide

View of Lower Hide at Nagshead woodland reserve, located on the western edge of Parkend. More than 30 different butterflies and 20 dragonflies and damselflies have been seen at Nagshead. 8 of Britain's 12 reptiles and amphibians breed here;common lizard,slowworm,adder,grass snake,common frog,common toad,smooth newtandpalmate newt.

Bluebells at Nagshead - geograph.org.uk - 4232642

Bluebells at Nagshead

Track junction, Nagshead Plantation - geograph.org.uk - 2035299

Track junction, Nagshead Plantation

Nagshead from Mount Pleasent above Parkend - July 2011 - panoramio

Nagshead from Mount Pleasent above Parkend

Forest clearing - geograph.org.uk - 1327392

This small clearing in the RSPB Nagshead Reserve,was created by the RSPB to allow nesting birds to hunt for insects attracted to the open space.

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