High Beech Avenue - Wimberry Slade - High Beech Avenue

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High Beech Avenue - Wimberry Slade - Worcester Walk - High Beech Avenue

BIKE TRACKS AND FELLING HAVE CHANGED THE LANDSCAPE AND POSSIBLY THE ROUTE OF THIS WALK.

The Forest of Dean provides plenty of walking with round-the-year interest. In spring and summer there is a rich diversity of birdlife and in the autumn the mixed woodland provides a fungi paradise. The forest floor is usually covered with mosses. There are also the remains of old tramways with their stone sleepers.

On this walk we actually follow one of these old tramways down through Wimberry Slade and walk on these sleepers on the second half of the route between Waymarks 04 and 05.

The Forest of Dean has another great advantage; most of the tracks are good and suitable for all weathers. On this walk, part of the route is through an area available to off-road bikes. Whereas this means that the tracks are kept in good order, it also means that you should be prepared to give way to cyclists when needed. Please keep eyes and ears open for cyclists; they are often travelling fast and should be given right of way.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Forest of Dean

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Birds, Hills or Fells, Wildlife, Woodland
26/06/2011 - Adrian Bagg

This walk needs updating. There are many new cycleways that the Forestry Commission has put in. Also, due to the cycleways, it can be very dangerous on some of the paths. The cycleways cross several of the paths and bikes travelling VERY FAST come flying through. Be careful if you do this walk. If you do attempt it - At WP4 - When you come down the track - you reach quite an open space with big new tracks. You want to take the IMMEDIATE LEFT down the tramway. We got lost from about WP8 onward. We found the red arrow at WP8 but something went rather wrong after that, as so many of the tracks have changed. We had a good walk though - so not a complete disaster.

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