Friday, 23 May 2014

The Forest of Dean - A perfect 'getaway' for the whole family!

Holiday family photos are a must!

You may have noticed the lack of posts over the last week, well this was due to a break spent in the Forest of Dean with the whole family including dogs!!! With my eldest son Simon living in South Wales and the rest of us always busy on the South coast it's a good opportunity to all get together and chill. Below are just a few snaps taken while away, I hope you enjoy.

 View from Symonds Yate West of the Saracens Head pub and ferry.

    The dogs weren't so sure about crossing the river on the ferry.
Mr Moonstone, myself & Arthur.

If you are a keen photographer then there are many opportunities to snap the fantastic views while out walking in the woods. There's also mountain biking and horse riding for the more adventurous but beware the wild boars, we saw plenty of evidence but not one boar!

 Lisa and myself on ponies, eek!

While the boys went mountain biking, making themselves sore in places a mother would rather not think about, Lisa and I decided to give pony trekking a go. I haven't ridden for many years and Lisa has always been scared of horses from a very early age when a horse mistook her hair for hay so this had the potential to be quite an adventure. We needn't have worried, it proved to be very tame and a very enjoyable way to see the beautiful countryside, despite a near fall, I may even be tempted to take lessons again. Later that day we visited Symonds Yate where the views are absolutely spectacular!

After a lot of walking and riding some good food and drink was required. I would definitely recommend both the Saracens Head pub and the Royal Lodge in Symonds Yate East.

 Group shot!
From left to right, Will, Willow, Si, me, Arthur, Mr Moonstone and Lisa

By the end of the week we'd taken part in many activities, come second in the weekly quiz and completely worn out two very energetic dogs, I'd say that would indicate a brilliant time was had by all!!!

To see more photos and info then you should hop on over to Lisa's blog, Topaz & May where she's written several posts on the holiday, a good read.

If you are interested in visiting the Forest of Dean then check out the Forest Holiday site here, I would really recommend it, this was our second visit and we will definitely be going back again next year.

What's your favourite family holiday location in the UK?



  1. wow that location looks gorgeous and how beautiful in the sunshine! your dogs are so adorable! id love it if youd comment back xx

    1. We were so lucky with the weather, it really makes a difference, damp dogs don't smell nice, lol! Hopping over to your blog now x

  2. The field of purple flowers looks amazing. Looks like you had a great day with your lovely family.

    1. The scenery was beautiful especially with the bluebells in full bloom. I hope you can relax for a while now that you've finished your studying, enjoy! x

  3. Looks absolutely beautiful! Sounds like you all had a gorgeous time. The little dogs look bushed! The landscape shots are stunning!

    Katie <3

    1. We had a really relaxing time and dogs were absolutely worn out by the end of the week, lol! You should certainly visit with your camera, the views are amazing! x

  4. Oh Deborah, what an amazing holiday. The Forest of Dean looks utterly beautiful and wow, what an action packed itinery!! A dear friend of mine has just rediscovered her horses and she says it has been the best thing she has done in years. Go on, go for it. Take those lessons :) xx

    1. Thanks, we had a really good family holiday, it's good to all get together and relax, lol! As for the horse riding, I am looking into that, I'd like to be able to stay in the saddle with no mishaps!!! x