Sunday Snapshots: Puzzlewood, The Forest of Dean

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In today’s Sunday Snapshots, we’ll be delving into the murky realm of Puzzlewood, an ancient stretch of woodland thought to be one of the most enchanting forested areas in England. This gnarled pocket of primeval trees can be found in the dense underbelly of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, and is thought to be the inspiration behind JRR Tolkien’s fabled forests in his fictitious Middle Earth, as well as JK Rowling’s ‘Forbidden Forest’ in the Harry Potter series. Landscaped in the 19th century after over 2,000 years of unhindered growth, Puzzlewood contains over a mile of pathways which coil curiously through an arboreal landscape, revealing moss smothered limestone gorges and age-old thickets of rare flora. Get lost in this uncanny English jungle for yourself on a winter short break, and discover an endearing tangle of some of the country’s most beloved vegetation. Facilities at the site include a Willow Maze for kids, a large on-site car park and café, making it a wonderful destination for a family day out.

Discover Puzzlewood for yourself with our selection of photographs below.

Looking For Angels at Puzzlewood

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Puzzlewood

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Open-air Caves At Puzzlewood

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Puzzlewood

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Wooden bridge at Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean

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Jonathan Tuplin

By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.

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