Puzzle Wood

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Bridge walkway through the woods

We’ve had a US visitor over the last couple of weeks so we’ve been out and about a lot!  I have a lot to share so running  a little behind!

We headed over to Gloucester this last weekend.  I have family that lives there and we like to visit often to spend time with them before we likely leave in September 😦

During this last weekend, we opted to go back to Puzzle Wood.  We tried to visit in July but got turned away as they were filming the The Huntsman at that time.   This time, no film crews and they honoured a free entry as we had been refused entry the last time!

Nestled in the Forest of Dean, Puzzle Wood, an ancient woodland site, is famed for its unique beauty.  It’s not a large attraction, just 14 acres, but you can easily spend a few hours here.   We walked all the trails through the woods and they have done a good job in providing more things to do, especially for younger kids.   Some farm animals, an indoor maze and playground.  There is also a small cafe/ shop and plenty of picnic spots.

The woods are used frequently for movies and TV filming.  Having been through, its understandable why.  They are fairytale in look and feel and magical.  The woods date back decades/ centuries and some 40 years ago, they were open to visitors but it was little known and donations would be taken through an honour box system.   This was after being left ‘abandoned’ for many years.   Now, it is a family owned and run affair.  Turned into a business but thankfully left unspoilt and they have done a great job of keeping the woods true to their original state.

Due to the unspoilt nature of the woods, heed the advice of sensible walking shoes.  Paths are uneven and very slippery.  Also, to warn you, no strollers or dogs allowed!   If you are ever in the area, well worth the visit for a stroll and if you love fantasy TV and movies, its great fun to be on set!

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Stone pathways through the woods

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Hidden doorway in the woods

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Hidden seats through the woods

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Nature in the woods

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