About the area
Once the hunting ground of Kings from the Normans onwards, the Royal Forest of Dean possesses a character, history and culture all of its own. Covering some 24,000 acres, year round it is the ideal location for a romantic break, family holiday or as a base for touring (cycling or walking).
First time visitors are enchanted by the variety of attractions and activities, while those familiar with this peaceful and unique slice of England’s heritage return to enjoy its charms again and again.
Parkend itself is superbly positioned at the heart of the Forest, putting many amenities within easy reach. Our location could hardly be better, as many regular visitors will testify.
Deanfield backs onto the RSPB’s Nagshead Nature Reserve and cycle & walking trails surround the village, and start from the gate. The famous Dean Forest Railway runs to unspoilt Parkend. Golf and fishing are nearby with Lydney, Coleford and Clearwell Caves being just 4 miles away. The Woodman Pub is 50 yards up the road and The Fountain Inn is a short stroll across the village. Both have restaurants and are perfect for an afternoon lunch or evening meal.
From Ross-on-Wye in the north to Chepstow in the south, Gloucester in the east and Monmouth in the west, nowhere in the Forest is more than half an hour away by car from Deanfield or Deanfield Coach House. Picturesque Parkend village has a Post Office, cafe’s, cricket green, pubs with restaurants, shops, an Inn and cycle hire.