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Speech House and the Forest of Dean

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Speech House and the Forest of Dean is a 4.3 kilometer loop trail located near Coleford, Gloucestershire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Distance: 4.3 km Elevation Gain: 141 m Route Type: Loop





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A circular woodland walk through the Forest of Dean starting from Speech House. Speech House is now a hotel but has always been home to the Verderers' Court Room which helps to manage the forest, game and mineral resources of the area. The Forest of Dean gives a wonderful setting for the walk with dense plantations of coniferous and deciduous trees with thick carpets of moss and woodland flowers below. When the sun beams fall through the trees onto the moss below the effect is really magical. At any moment you expect King Arthur to emerge through the trees and in fact the BBC's drama series Merlin was filmed nearby. The walk follows well made forest tracks and there are just a couple of very gradual ascents and descents. There are a few gates but no stiles. The forest is home to deer and also wild boar- whilst sightings of the latter are rare take care with dogs. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.

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