Clearwell - Calder Wood - Newland - Clearwell

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The area around here was once rich in iron mines and the woods contain old workings, rich in ferns and other plantlife, resulting in a fairy-glen appearance as you walk through. There are lovely views over to the Welsh Mountains, whilst Newland Church, The Cathedral of the Forest, is worth a visit.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Forest of Dean


Birds, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Wildlife, Woodland
7/16/2019 - R T Holmes

Further to our previous correspondence about walk Ref 1729 I can report that we attempted to walk it again today and were successful - mostly! At Step 3, which gave us trouble last time, undergrowth has been cut back and the path is easily passable. At Step 5 access to the path is still blocked with no sign apparent - but we managed to force our way through. At Step 8 the path was too overgrown to walk and we took a road diversion to Step 9. A check with the Gloucestershire County Council Rights of Way map indicated that the path between points 5 and 6 (Coleford Footpath 31) had been diverted and the latest OS map does not record this diversion - it was relatively easy to follow however in spite of the lack of signs. I have reported the problems through GCC's website.

6/7/2019 - R T Holmes

This had the making of a varied and interesting walk with clear instructions but on 5th June we encountered a few difficulties. The 'tree with fence around it' mentioned in step 2 has long since lost its fence. At step 3, after crossing the field the path was heavily overgrown and we had to force our way through. At step 5 access to the gate was heavily overgrown and the water level on the other side of the gate caused us to abandon the walk at that point. There was a significant lack of arrows and direction signs throughout. We will attempt this walk again after a spell of dry weather.

2/8/2007 - Pat Roberts

I have been to check this walk today – and in places it is still wet and muddy. Starting from WP05 my instructions are correct. However, the sign now points right and from here on there are no arrows on the stiles but the stiles are as listed and the tracks are well walked. My GPS shows the track exactly where it is on the map. I hope my amendments makes it clearer and my apologies to the people who made the comments.

12/3/2006 - Alison Bell

A lovely and interesting walk. The Ostrich Pub in Newland is superb, as is the Wyndham Arms in Clearwell. However the directions from point 5 are not clear at all and even with the map we had trouble working out the route; this was doubly hindered by the absence of arrows on some of the posts.

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