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In the winter, it is particularly important to look after our mental health as well as our physical health and going for a countryside walk helps immensely with both of these. Gloucestershire is home to the Forest of Dean which has miles of glorious countryside to explore all year round – wrap up warm in aran sweaters from shamrockgift.com and take a flask of hot tea then head outdoors. Here are a couple of stunning walking spots in the Forest of Dean to get you started…

May Hill – This iconic local landmark can be seen for miles around Gloucestershire. At 969 feet in height, this is one of the highest points in the area, and the clump of trees at the summit make it easily identifiable for someone trying to find it! The trees are Corsican pine trees and were planted for the jubilee of Queen Victoria. This is a stunning walk, where you will see the natural beauty of the area, and at the top, you can take in the views across the Severn and Wye valleys and across to the Black mountains in Wales.

Soudley Ponds – This is a beautiful walk in the heart of the ancient Forest of Dean. Stroll around the fishing lakes and see the elegant waterfowl, or walk up hill to the viewpoint, where you will be rewarded with views over the River Severn. In the Autumn and Winter months the forest is beautiful, and the autumn colours of the trees and the frosty ground make it feel as though you are in a fairy tale.