GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Speech House Walk

3 miles (5 km)

This walk explores the woodland and lakes surrounding the Speech House Hotel in the Forest of Dean.
It's a pleasant area for a walk with a public car park and lots of tranquil trails to follow around the Speech House Woodland Inclosure. On the way you'll also pass the pretty Speech House Lake, Worgreens Lake, Spruce Ride and the attractive Cyril Hart Arboretum. The Spruce Ride section takes place on a nice wide track that is also suitable for cyclists.
There's also the Speech House Hotel where you could stop off for afternoon tea in the Orangery. The hotel is of some historical significance being housed in a former 17th-century hunting lodge.
It's easy to extend the walk by picking up the popular Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. The start point for the walk at the visitor centre is also located just off Speech House Road.

Postcode

GL16 7EL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Speech House Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Speech House Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The lovely Cannop Ponds lie just over a mile to the south west. The tranquil beauty spot is a fine place to extend your walk if you have time.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Forest of Dean Walks page.

Photos

Speech House Lake - geograph.org.uk - 1562987

Autumn colours reflected in Speech House Lake.

Forest Pond - geograph.org.uk - 1326493

This pond is on the edge of the Beechenhurst Inclosure.Not very far from Speech House.

Coal tit feeding on seed in the arboretum - geograph.org.uk - 815017

Coal tit feeding on seed in the arboretum. Several food stops are provided in the Cyril Hart Arboretum. This is alongside the trail for the visually impaired. It was attracting coal tits and nuthatches. A few patches of bluebells were putting on a final show but were past their best.

Spruce Ride, Forest of Dean - geograph.org.uk - 1234630

Spruce Ride, Forest of Dean

Entrance to Cyril Hart Arboretum, Forest of Dean - geograph.org.uk - 814423

Entrance to Cyril Hart Arboretum, Forest of Dean. On the Speech House to Parkend Road is this alternative entrance to the arboretum. Just through the gate on the left is a glade of young acers.

Monkey puzzle tree, Forest of Dean - geograph.org.uk - 1053507

Monkey puzzle tree. This Monkey Puzzle tree or Chile Pine (Araucana araucana) was planted in the Cyril Hart Arboretum in 1920. It is part of the numbered and labelled trail for the visually impaired visitor. The Cyril Hart Arboretum is on the Southern side of the main Cinderford to Coleford road, immediately before the Speech House - almost at the very centre of the Forest.

Speech House Woodland and parking area. - geograph.org.uk - 1323479

Speech House Woodland and parking area. The path to the left leads back to Beechenhurst Lodge.The track to the right leads to a small parking area.

Worgreen Lake, Forest of Dean - geograph.org.uk - 1032287

Worgreen Lake. Small groups of Canada Geese, like this one, can be seen on Worgreen Lake - also known as Woorgreens Lake, which is just north of the main B4226 road that connects Cinderford to Coleford. Worgreen, in days gone by, was an open cast coal mine and the lake is what was left when mining operations finally finished. It is now the naturalised habitat of lots of fish, birds and insects.

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