Visiting the Dean Forest Railway was somewhere I had wanted to visit for a while. On my latest Forest of Dean Camping Holiday, I took the plunge and scheduled a day out riding on the trains.
Dean Forest Railway
The Dean Forest Railway is a 4.5-mile long heritage railway line that runs between Lydney and Parkend in the Forest of Dean. The route was part of the former Severn and Wye Railway which ran from Lydney to Cinderford.
After getting a bus to Lydney with a dog in tow, we alighted the first train from Lydney Town train station. The first train was a heritage diesel engine, this had a comfy carriage with noticeable comfier seats than modern trains. First stop was Norchard, a station with 2 platforms, a cafe, a book shop and a museum. We then visited every station on the line including;
Whitecroft Station & Miners Arms Pub
Alighting Whitecroft station we visited The Miners Arms a local pub that serves good food. The pub served us a delicious meal of burger and chips, washed down with the first cider of the day. The Miner’s arms had a bar area, outside seating to the front and rear and also a dining room.
Parkend Station & The Woodman
The final stop in our journey, a nice train station there is a bridge above the train line to fully appreciate the trains from above. Parkend has 2 pubs but opted to visit The Woodman, this was a very nice place with a great outside seating area. Cider was also my drink of choice here too accompanied by a bowl of chips. The Woodman is a nicely decorated pub with a very swish dining area, somewhere I would love to eat out, maybe on my next forest of dean visit.
Walk To Cannop Ponds From The Woodman
On leaving the Woodman our next destination was Cannop Ponds bus stop with the aim of catching the last bus back to Coleford. The pub was not far from a forest trail at Nagshead, Russell’s Enclosure. Shortly were in the deep woods enjoying peace and tranquillity. The walk was pretty level, ideal after a busy day and only bumped into a few other dog walkers on this trek.
The ponds, as usual, were spectacular and enjoyed a sit next to the lake to rest the weary legs. Cannop Ponds is an idyllic spot to view local birdlife, including geese, ducks, birds of prey and an array of other songbirds. This is one of my favourite parts of the Forest of Dean and nice to have a walk here in all 4 seasons.
The Stagecoach bus arrived on time to return us to base-camp in Coleford.
After a busy day, the Angel Hotel was the first port of call for rehydration and sustenance. A bar meal was the order of the day, nice local faggots and chips.