Go mountain biking in the forest, follow woodland trails, or play Pooh sticks from the actual bridge – then cosy up in a country hotel
Mysterious and atmospheric, the Forest of Dean combines dense pine woods, rolling hills and the glistening ribbon of the Wye river, with plenty of family attractions dotted throughout. The big draws are Puzzlewood – a natural theme park – and the Clearwell Caves, while the Perrygrove Railway offers the chance to see the forest from a steam-drawn carriage. Hole up at the super-chic Tudor Farmhouse, a former working farm dating back to the 13th century, which offers rustic bedrooms and modern British cuisine.
• Doubles from £239 half-board, tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk