Explore the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Combine art and the great outdoors as you follow a charming sculpture trail through woodlands in Gloucestershire.

How about dosing up on some culture next time you go down to the woods? Head to the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, and you’ll come across all sorts of quirky creations among the frosty greenery. Like Peter Randall-Page’s stone-carved acorn cup and pine cone, for example, or the deer created solely from steel rods and wire by Sophie Ryder – or even a giant chair made out of tree trunks, created by Magdalena Jetelova, which sits above the Cannop Valley.

But that’s only for starters. In all, there are 20 other permanent installations on this rather cultural woodland walk, each of which has been inspired by its unique forest setting. Masterpieces aside, there’s some real wildlife to be seen in these parts, too. Deer make regular appearances, and you might spot the occasional wild boar snuffling about in the bushes.

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail is four and a half miles long and was one of the first to open in Britain. Sculptures are featured by artists to interpret the Forest environment and the history of this very unusual landscape and provides a unique opportunity to walk through the woodlands and discover art along the way. Highlights include a 15ft high suspended stained glass window and a giant chair made of sweet chestnut! Perfect for all ages and abilities, you don't need to know about art to enjoy what you see.

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