Dean Forest Railway Dog DayWe’re now truly into autumn so what better time for a trip out to go walking with the family in the woods as the leaves fall and paths become scrunchy, if a little muddy!

And what if you could combine walks with a trip on a steam train to keep all the family entertained?

Walks and Trains

The good news is that Dean Forest Railway is holding a special dog-walking day on Sunday 7th October. As one end of the railway is almost on the banks of the Severn and the other deep in the traditional Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, you know there will be plenty of great walks. Whether that is a leisurely stroll watching the Severn fall or rise or scaling the hills in the forest is your choice.

On dog walking day, Dean Forest Railway is giving away maps of all designated routes from their ticket offices. All dogs travel free when accompanied by a well-behaved adult. There is no need to pre-book.

Dean Forest Railway

The Dean Forest Railway is 4½ mile restored line run by volunteers along the route of the old Severn and Wye Railway. This used to haul coal and timber from the forest down to the traditional docks at Lydney.

The line terminates at Parkend where there are multiple walks and a RSPB nature reserve. One walk is a 3½ mile woodland and forest river walk back to the main station of Norchard. This is the headquarters of the railway and where the main parking can be found.

If you’re coming by mainline rail then Lydney Junction is only 5 minutes from the Lydney mainline station. The junction itself is only a short walk from the historic Lydney harbour on the banks of the Severn. Unfortunately you will be two days too early to see a four star Severn bore, but it’s an easy level walk for older dogs with plenty of stopping places.

Trains run from 10.30. With the last train from Lydney Junction 15.25 and 16.12 from Parkend. Norchard has catering throughout the day. It is also where you will find Henry Wag on the day.