If you ever find yourself near the Forest of Dean, I urge you to visit Puzzle Wood. It is a very special place.
Don’t just take my word for it though – take a look:
It was wonderful to take the baby there – I must have been at least 20 times myself (I grew up not too far away from the wood) so it was great to be able to share it with her.
Anyhow, enough gushing, here are the facts: Puzzle Wood is ancient woodland which contains the remains of pre-Roman and Roman open cast mining. It is full of moss-covered rock formations, twisting paths and small gullies. JRR Tolkein was apparently a frequent visitor and some people think it provided inspiration for some of the landscapes of middle-earth. It certainly feels as if a hobbit might be around the next corner when you’re there! You can read more about it and find out visitor info here.
A truly enchanting place!