The Tallet is superbly placed to provide you with a base from which to explore the Forest of Dean's many square miles of forest tracks trails and natural unspoilt woodland.
The Royal Forest of Dean is a walker’s paradise; it covers over 110 square kilometres of woodland and lies between the rivers Wye and Severn, in the western part of Gloucestershire, on the borders of Wales and Herefordshire. The Forest of Dean is not only renowned as an area of particularly outstanding natural beauty where the scenery changes with the seasons, but also stands out as a place which provides year round interest for visitors.
There is so much to see and do in the Forest of Dean! The natural landscape lends itself to a great variety of outdoor activities. There is ample opportunities for walking, cycling, canoeing, diving and even exploring caves and caverns up to 100ft under ground. For those wishing to "Go Ape" there is a high wire forest adventure course with rope bridges, high wires, Tarzan swings up to 35ft above the forest floor. There are also a whole host of family attractions - museums, mines and steam trains - something for everyone. If you are feeling adventurous you can even go on a llama or camel trek.
WALKS in the AREA
We are very lucky to have so many super local walks – many available by foot from The Tallet – even more a short drive away.
Blakeney Hill Woods
On Foot - Leave the Tallet and pass Paddock House on your left where you will see a well signposted Public Footpath leading up the hill around our paddock.
At the top of the steps turn left to continue circling our paddock and follow the path up the hill passing a stile into the top of the paddock. Continue climbing passing a ruined cottage on the right after which you will come to a T junction – turn right and continue on up the hill.
At each junction thereafter just follow your nose upwards! And you will reach the clearing at the water reservoir.
At the clearing - after you have got back your breath – and admired the distant view of Gloucester cathedral - you will realise that you could have cheated by driving up the steep part of the hill – but that wouldn't have been half the fun would it?
To drive leave the Tallet car park by turning right and at the staggered crossroads with Blakeney Hill Road turn right and follow the road on and upwards. (There's a theme becoming clear here)
At the telephone box on the left turn right and follow the road up past the Blakeney Hill Growers' field (excellent local produce available) towards the top – and there you will see the previously mentioned Water Reservoir with space for several cars to park – just remember not to block the Water Board entrance.
Blakeney Hill Woods
From here you have free access to many miles of paths tracks and wild woods where you will see deer, wild boar, rabbits and many other wild animals. Exercise caution around boar – particularly females with boarlets – called humbugs but mostly they will run away before you see them.