Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting place, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. Explore a mile of meandering pathways, with fantastic tree and rock formations, through this 14 acre ancient woodland. A maze of pathways winds through the gulley's of mossy rocks, the twisted roots of the yew trees or the bridges and lookouts. JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it's easy to see why. As well as the woods there are animals, a willow maze, an indoor maze, and an outdoor playground. Puzzlewood is used regularly as a filming location. It is suitable for all ages as long as you are physically able to walk around and sensible walking shoes are advised. Pushchairs and dogs are not permitted on site.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Sep, daily 10-5 (Oct 10-3.30); Nov-Mar please see website for full details. Subject to closure during bad weather
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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