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Gloucestershire Gazetteer

Despite having lived in neighbouring Wiltshire for many years, apart from the Forest of Dean which I've been to a couple of times, I don't really feel I've got to know Gloucestershire as well as I would like to.

Clearwell Caves

Location

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OS Ref: SO 577 082

Last Visited: 2010

The Ramp

The Ramp

The mine at Clearwell Caves has many claims to fame:

It is the last iron ore mine still being worked in the Forest of Dean. It is one of the few places still producing ochre, a traditional artists pigment. It may well date back over 4,500 years making it one of Britainʼs oldest mine workings.

It is, however the nine large show caverns that draw the visitors today.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Clearwell Caves
      Official site with full details of opening times, admission prices, etc.
      http://www.clearwellcaves.com/

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Great Western Railway Museum, Coleford

Location

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OS Ref: SO 576 104

Last Visited: 2015

Great Western Railway Museum, Coleford

Great Western Railway Museum, Coleford

Great Western Railway Museum, Coleford

Great Western Railway Museum, Coleford

The Great Western Railway Museum in Coleford is based in the former GWR goods shed, built in 1883, which is the last surviving part of Coleford Station, on the line which once connected the town with Monmouth.

The museum is, at the time of writing (2015) open Fridays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays. Unfortunately, I was there on a Wednesday.

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New Fancy

Location

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OS Ref: SO 627 095

Last Visited: 2010

View from New Fancy

View from New Fancy

Driving up through the forest it is difficult to imagine how the former the site of the New Fancy coal mine could now be best known as for its view point. There are just too many trees around.

However, once youʼve climbed to the top of the old spoil heap, all becomes clear (both literally and metaphorically) as there is a 360° view over the tops of the surrounding woods.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • New Fancy
      Forestry Commission handbook entry
      http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/recreation.nsf/LUWebDocsByKey/EnglandGloucestershireNoForestForestOfDeanNewFancy

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Westonbirt Arboretum

Location

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OS Ref: ST 847 898

Last Visited: 1989

There 18,000 trees from all over the world at the National Arboretum - Westonbirt just outside Tetbury. They were planted from 1829 to the present day, and cover 240 hectares (600 acres) of countryside.

However, the crowning glory is the collection of maples. Go in the Autumn when they are at their best.

Although it is over twenty years since I was last there, I still have fond memories of the bacon rolls. I wonder if they are still as good?

Check the Forestry Commissionʼs website for opening times etc.

External Links and References

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