With its elevated position in the very heart of the Forest, Cinderford offers some fine views of the River Severn and surrounding area. This former mining town and industrial capital of the Forest is quietly undergoing a revival, attracting new businesses into the area.
Cinderford itself is one of the main commercial centres of the Forest of Dean, and offers an excellent variety of shops. There are plenty of local pubs, cafes and restaurants, covering everything from Indian and Chinese to traditional English food, as well as locally brewed beers. Cinderford also has its very own Cinema showing a range of films and a leisure centre based at the local secondary school. The town is virtually surrounded by forest, so residents and visitors are ideally placed to take advantage of many acres of beautiful woodland.
Nearby in Soudley is one of the area's premier visitor attractions, the Dean Heritage Centre, which offers a fascinating insight into the area's past. It also allows visitors the opportunity to see traditional craftsmen at work, view art exhibitions at The Gallery, plus it organises a range of interesting family events throughout the year.
Just outside Cinderford lie the villages of Littledean, Drybrook and Ruardean all of which offer a good range of welcoming, country pubs and inns. Littledean is home to Littledean Jail a popular attraction amongst locals and visitors to the area.
Linear Park, a wildlife conservation site, which boasts a cycle path as well as footpaths, and takes the route of the former railway branch line.
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