If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I recently visited the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. A four and a half mile walk through the woods sculpture spotting. Thankfully the weather held up and we only had a very short sprinkle of rain.
As this was a spur of the moment decision we hadn’t packed lunch or water but luckily there is a cafe adjacent to the carpark. Unfortunately I felt it was over priced, so I’d definitely recommend bringing your own food and drinks with you. There is a charge for parking but at £5 all day, during peak times, it’s very reasonable.
The sculpture trail took us 2 and a half hours to go round but there are also shorter or bypass routes you can follow. Look out for the purple signs along the way.
If you’re worried about losing your way, there are maps available at the cafe for £1 or you can download one for free before your visit. We got lost once so the map definitely came in handy! There’s rarely any phone or GPS signal available in the Forest of Dean.
There were gravel footpaths along most of the trail but some areas were overgrown or muddy, so wear sensible footwear and, depending on the weather, waterproof clothing.
The sculptures along the trail were varied with many differing structures, large and small. Some were on the paths and others tucked away in the trees. It was fun trying to find them all and what some of them were or represented.
There are currently 17 sculptures which can be viewed throughout the trail and, even with the map, there were a couple we couldn’t locate. Of the sculptures we did find my favourites were the iron railway and the stained glass window, known as ‘The Cathedral’.
As well as the sculpture trail there are also cycle roots and Go Ape! Kids to enjoy at the Beechenhurst site. So why not make a weekend of it? I’m planning on going glamping in the Forest of Dean this Summer; I’m a fan of staycations and exploring as much of my home country as possible.
What about you? Have you ever been to the Sculpture Trail or something similar? Do you like staycations?