We are running a very unique half day trip with Ros and Valerie Green, an Nordic walking instructor who leads walks in the beautiful Forest of Dean.
Here's the itinerary:
We'll meet at the Colliery at 9.45am and enjoy a two hour Nordic walk through the beautiful and ancient forest with Valerie and some of her Nordic walkers. Our route will take us through idyllic spots such as Cannop Ponds and Mallards Pike Lake and will be mainly flat.
We'll have then earnt a delicious lunch around 1.15pm at the Colliery Cafe (optional) - we'll be sending out a menu beforehand so you can pre order. Lunch is not included in the price.
Then we'll visit Hopewell Colliery for a 45-50 minute guided tour of the coal mine with a Freeminer of the Forest of Dean who will explain how the mines work and what you're seeing as you go deeper underground. We'll strap on a miner’s helmet and lamp and follow our guide underground where they will navigate a route through a section of the tunnels dug out since the 1820s. We'll even see how to work a 30-inch thick seam of coal! This fascinating tour has been rated 5/5 on Tripadvisor.
0945 hrs. Meeting point car park at the Hopewell Colliery. Car share to Cannop Ponds approx 5 mins drive.
1000 hrs. Cannop Ponds - warm up and walk starts.
1215 - 1230 hrs. Walk finishes. Car share & return to Hopewell Colliery
1245 Colliery Cafe - Lunch.
1315 Colliery mine tour. 45 - 50 minutes
1400 hrs Finish! Homeward bound.
We think this mix of Nordic walking and history will be very popular so BOOK NOW or contact Ros if you have any questions.
Cost members £25, non members £30.
Routes subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Please note refunds are available up and until 48 hours before the walk. Refunds to credit/debit cards are subject to a 1.4% +20p fee for european cards and a 2.9% + 20p fee for non-european cards.