Travel: Forest of Dean

by Jane Hayward on Thursday, 29 September 2011

Forest Holidays' modern log cabins nestle in the 27,000-acre Forest of Dean, and there are luxury and outdoorsy activities to take part in on site.

Cosy in Choose from five types of cabin. For a really swish experience, pick the newest Golden Oaks. You'll love the feeling of space you get from lofty ceilings, wood floors and full-length windows that open on to decking – and that's before you see your private hot tub!

Chill out From your front door, you step straight on to fern-fringed trails that range from easy-peasy dawdles to exhilarating ten-mile efforts. Or hire bikes on site and freewheel through the fallen leaves. In your Golden Oaks cabin, a wood-burning stove equals snug nights toasting your toes and exploring the entertainment system's movies, music and WiFi.

Go explore Feeling intrepid? Until the end of October, you can hire a canoe for two and paddle along the scenic River Wye, £31.50 for a half day. Or motor through lovely market towns such as Cinderford and Coleford. The four-mile Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail is an aesthetic treat (forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk), while Clearwell Caves – a filming location for Doctor Who – is a must for Time Lord fans (clearwellcaves.com).

What it costs
From £185 for a three-night weekend stay in a two-bedroom Copper Beech cabin for four; from £476 in a Golden Oak Plus cabin sleeping up to eight. Call 0845-1308223 or visit forestholidays.co.uk

Find out more visitforestofdean.co.uk

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