Forest of Dean (Silver)

Expedition Code

FD21 - please quote this in all correspondence with the leaders.

About the Area

The Forest of Dean, an area of geographical, historical and cultural significance in the west of Gloucestershire, occupies about 43 square miles. It is bounded by the River Wye to the north and west, the River Severn to the south with the city of Gloucester to the east. The Wye Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Forest has a very long history dating back to about the last Ice Age. It was occupied by the Romans, who were attracted by its natural resources including iron ore, ochre and charcoal. The local coal mining industry may also have been established at the same time. The medieval history of the Forest is rather obscure but it is known that the Anglo-Saxon kings, then the Normans, used it as their personal hunting grounds. In the 16th – 18th centuries, the Forest came to be used as a royal hunting ground.

It has a rich variety of wild life, including fallow deer and wild boar, of which the exact number is unknown. Trees are both deciduous and evergreen and oak predominates. Beech, sweet chestnut and conifers are also common. Foxgloves and many other wild flowers are also found here.

Award Level

Silver: Practice or Qualifying (N.B. please see the FAQ about mixed practice/qualifying groups).

Dates

Wednesday 25th August to Friday 27th August 2021

Deadline

Friday 16th July 2021

Planning Day

Saturday 17th July 2021

Outline of Expedition

We will drive down early on Wednesday morning to the start location to ensure that groups can start walking at 9.30am. This gives us the time available to complete the three days of walking without needing an extra night in the area, thus saving money. We will return to Oxfordshire on Friday evening.

Fees

£130 (including a £30 non-returnable deposit required at the time of application)

FAQ: What do my fees cover?

How to Apply

Apply to Alan Wallis for further information and an application form. You can contact Alan by E-mail.

Useful Links

Forest Web: The Virtual Guide to the Royal Forest of Dean

Beechenhurst Enclosure, Forest of Dean