GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


1 miles (1.5 km)

Try the delightful family trail in these magical woods near Coleford in the Forest of Dean.
In the woods you will find ancient trees, rope bridges, interesting rock formations, secret cavesand overhanging boulders. There's a number of maze like paths to follow around the 14 acre site with fascinating geological features. These originatedthrough the erosion of natural underground cave systems formed in theCarboniferous Limestonemany millions of years ago.
Puzzlewood is thought to have provided the inspiration for the forests of Middle-earth in the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was also used as a film location forStar Wars: The Force Awakens.
The woods are located just to the south west of Cannop Ponds. It's a great place to continue your walking with gentle trails taking you around the two large ponds.
You are also very close to the Speech House Walk and the excellent Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. It's another great family walk with a series of high-quality, contemporary sculptures, in a delightful setting.
The Gloucestershire Way long distance footpath can also be picked up just to the east.


GL16 8QB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Puzzlewood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Puzzlewood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles to the north east there's the Speech House Walk to try. The circular trail takes you around the Speech House Inclosure, visiting the picturesque Speech House Lake and the lovely Cyril Hart Arboretum. Near here you can also visit the Speech House Hotel and enjoy afternoon tea in the 17th century former hunting lodge.


Car park at Puzzle Wood - - 841854

Car park

Farming at Puzzlewood - July 2011 - panoramio

Farming at the woods

Ferns and a big hole - Puzzlewood - July 2011 - panoramio

Ferns and a big hole

Shapely tree in a buttercup meadow - - 841828

Shapely tree in a buttercup meadow

Looking west from Puzzlewood - July 2011 - panoramio

Looking west from Puzzlewood

Rickerty bridge in Puzzlewood - July 2011 - panoramio

Rickety bridge in the wood

Edge of Puzzle Wood - - 841835

Edge of Puzzle Wood

Magic of Puzzle Wood - guarded bridge - - 968351

Magic of Puzzle Wood


GPS Files

GPX File

Puzzlewood.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Puzzlewood.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)