Autumn Attractions in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is undeniably a perfect escape from the busy urban life for a rejuvenating weekend retreat. It’s an ideal place to indulge in nature whilst appreciating its historical sights and some of its magnificent scenery, great for movie sets. But what is even more amazing is that all these natural beauty and charm are magnified as autumn approaches. 

You don’t have to be an avid nature enthusiast to appreciate the grandeur of beautiful mountain peaks, acres of forests, and the magnificence of lakes and creeks. If you want to see this spectacular belt of nature in full bloom, now is the best time to plan a visit with your friends and family to Danby Lodge, located in the centre of the thick Forest of Dean.

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolour, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz

Over the next few months, the Forest of Dean will go through a beautiful natural transformation as the leaves start to change colours before they fall; and create a wonderful bed of leaves to take refreshing walks on. Forest of Dean and Wye Valley have a lot of exciting activities to offer which you will especially enjoy during autumn.

Walking in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

Taking a walk through the forest is always a refreshing experience, but doing it in autumn offers a whole new level of a visual and mental treat. There are multiple circular tracks in the forest of Dean and Wye Valley that are suitable for everyone; whether you are an experienced trekker or just want an easy stroll through the woods. These treks are in fact a major attraction for tourists who visit from all over the UK and across borders. During the next few months (September – November) these treks are adorned by the brilliance of colours, rustling leaves, amazing scenery, and cool autumn breeze with a misty forest scent following you as you go.

Forest bathing in Forest of Dean
Photo courtesy of Visit Dean Wye

“Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” –DeStefano

One unique walking experience and a fascinating track for artists and art enthusiasts is the Sculpture Trail. This track brings nature and pieces of art that have been created using nature as an inspiration, together. These artworks displayed along the trail are themed to explore the history and ambience of the forest. 
Forest of Dean Sculpture TrailExplore the Colourful Forest and Valley on Cycles
Cycling Trails in the Forest of Dean
Photo courtesy of Visit Dean Wye
Both the forest and Wye Valley have a very diverse natural landscape comprising of lakes, mountains, a beautiful winding river, cliffs, woodlands, and ponds. Be it the changing colours of the woods or their colourful reflection in waters; you can bike your way through the enchantingly majestic landscapes and satisfy the adventurer in you as you go.  There are several paved and unpaved tracks that you can choose from according to your mood and ability.


“For anyone who lives in the oak-and-maple area of New England, there is a perennial temptation to plunge into a purple sea of adjectives about October.”- Hal Borland

If you are with your family and kids, you can use the family-friendly track away from the fast traffic. These are off-road cycle paths for a safer experience. On the other hand, if you are more adventurous and keen on mountain biking, the downhill tracks are just the right ones for you as these provide wild opportunities with an excellent dedicated off-road area. Luckily at Danby Lodge, we have bicycles available that you can use to paddle through the beautiful autumn landscapes.


Mountain Biking

Sit Back n’ Relax At Symonds Yat Rock Viewpoint

What better way to enjoy autumn than climbing up to Wye Valley. It offers a beautiful view of the whole valley. You can enjoy sunrise or sunset over the winding river and the valley dripping in gold with the rusting autumn trees.

While Symonds Yat Rock Viewpoint offers the perfect view of the valley making it an ideal sunset/sunrise spot, it is also immensely popular for bird watching. You can get to the point using one of the circular walking tracks or a cycling path.

Sysmond Yat

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.”- Victoria Erickson

If you want to escape into nature and enjoy the autumn in full bloom; Danby Lodge, surrounded by acres of Forest of Dean is the perfect family-friendly holiday home. We get booked months ahead so the sooner you book, the greater are your chances are of reserving a spot.

For bookings & reservations, visit We look forward to hosting you.