Puzzlewood, Coleford

The nearest thing you get to an enchanted wood - Disney style!
With no sign posting you can literally lose yourself in this amazing wood. To think of visiting this wood without taking your camera is a bit like going ice skating without ice skates! What will you find in this wood? Snow White and the seven Dwarfs cottage, the wicked witches house...or Merlin the wizards house....it is after all enchanted (or should that be enchanting?)

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Located near the western fringes of the Forest of Dean, Puzzlewood is probably the closest thing you will find to an enchanted woodland this side of a Disney animation.

In fact, there are many links to the world of art and entertainment. JRR Tolkien is said to have been a frequent visitor around the time he was writing ‘The Hobbit‘ and ‘Lord of the Rings‘. Many believe that Puzzlewood was the inspiration for the fabled forests of those two novels. More recently the BBC has used Puzzlewood as a location for filming episodes of ‘Merlin‘ and ‘Dr Who‘.

Once an Iron Age quarry and mine, subsequently inhabited by the Romans, the woodland has long since reverted to nature and, left largely to its own devices, has now become a tangled network of narrow paths, secret passageways and dead-ends with spectacular moss-covered rock formations, deep ravines, wooden bridges and walkways and, of course, fantastic trees.

There are no signposts, visitors are encouraged to lose themselves in this informal maze, making their own discoveries along the way. However, if you speak to her nicely, the resident cat will accompany you around and gets quite vocal if – in her opinion – you take a wrong turn!

There are other attractions on-site, including farm animals, play barns, a willow maze and the inevitable café/gift-shop. But for many, both young and not so young, Puzzlewood alone is reason enough for a visit.

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