The Local Area

Just down the river from Newnham is where the Severn Bore starts. People who like to ride the bore on surf boards or canoes or kayaks tend to enter the river around Newnham and drift downstream to pick up the wave a few hundred yards down river. The water side at Newnham or the bottom of the church yard are the best vantage points to see the bore and its riders as they pass the village.

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There are many other outdoor activities available throughout the year, and these include:

  • The Dean Heritage Centre – a museum explaining the history of the Forest of Dean.

  • Forest of Dean Adventure – an organisation which organises outdoor activities such as archery, adventure ropes and a climbing tower.

  • Forest Trekking – they organise pony trekking sessions for most ages and abilities.

  • Two golf clubs, both near Coleford – Forest Hills Golf Club and Bells Hotel and Forest of Dean Golf Club.

  • Go Ape – rope walking through the forest canopy and Forest Segways along tracks through the forest.

  • Pedalabikeaway – bicycle hire in the centre of the forest to make use of the extensive bicycle tracks throughout the forest.

  • Taurus Crafts – a diverse collection of small artisan businesses most of whom make and sell from their workshops.

  • Dean Forest Railway – a four and a half mile steam railway running through the forest.

  • Puzzlewood – a unique part-natural part-manmade environment seen recently in the latest Star Wars film.

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There are extensive walks throughout the Forest of Dean and you can walk into the Forest direct from Church House so long as you are prepared to climb a reasonably substantial hill! Interesting wildlife that you may see on your walks include peregrine falcons, goshawks, kingfishers, wild boar, Fallow, Muntjac and Roe deer.