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FAMILY | Eight places to explore over half-term




1. Bug-hunting at Nagshead Nature Reserve in the Forest of Dean


Bug-hunting at Nagshead Nature Reserve in the Forest of Dean is something to satisfy the child in all of us. One of the magical things about Nagshead are the trails which take you on circuits of different parts of the woodland reserve. The kids love to charge down the paths. To fossick through the fallen leaves, to roll over logs gently looking for centipedes, to study woodlice and spiders, to listen with their eyes shut as bird song sings over their heads.






2. Explore the castle ruins at Nunney Castle in Somerset


Exploring the castle ruins at Nunney Castle in Somerset is a good family trip. The ruins at Nunney are a genuine medieval castle which was knocked about a bit in the English Civil War. An interesting structure remains and It is a great place to discover and explore with the family or friends. Bring a picnic, sit and notice the images of the castle reflected in the water of the moat




3. Spread your wings at Coaley Peak in the Cotswolds


Spreading your wings at Coaley Peak in the Cotwolds is an invigorating place to visit for the whole family. Coaley Peak lies on a plateau which overlooks the Severn Valley. The views open up around it taking in the river Severn and the Forest of Dean which climbs up beyond it. A large grassy area allows for picnics and flying kites when the wind cuts loose.



4. On your bike at the Forest of Dean Family Cycle Trail


Get on your bike at the Forest of Dean Family Cycle Trail and feel the presence of nature and woodland all around. The Forest of Dean Family Cycle Trail offers 11 miles of forestry tracks and paths that run in a circular route around the glorious Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. Through mixed woodlands of native species oak and beech, to conifer and pine, to heathland.





5. Take a walk on the beach at Wollacombe, Devon


Take a walk on the beach at Woolacombe in north Devon and breathe in the sea air. Woolacombe Beach is three miles of sandy soul-pleasing sand, surf and dunes. Facing into the Bristol Channel, and from thence onto the Atlantic Ocean, this part of Britain's coastline is more wild and bracing than most.




6. Wander the woods at Ravensroost in Wiltshire


Wander the woods at Ravensroost in Wiltshire and be at peace with nature. Woodlands like the one here at Ravensroost Wood are a wonderful reminder of the magic and benefits they offer. Where insects and butterflies buzz and flutter, so too birds. There is something so timeless about walking through these sections of trees saved for all time.





7. Fight the Romans at Caerwent Roman town in Monmouthshire


Fight the Romans at Caerwent Roman Town in Monmouthshire and be transported back in time. Caerwent is a small Welsh village in Monmouthshire. But the unique aspect of this place is the rather astounding and amazing remains of a once splendid Roman town. Park in the car park, and family, children or visitors can merrily traipse around a way-marked tour of this rather resplendent place.




8. Discover nature on the Sculpture Trail in the Forest of Dean


Discover nature on the Sculpture Trail in the Forest of Dean and get curious about art in nature. The trail itself is somewhere between three and four miles in length and zig-zags its way around the Forest whilst bumping into the occasional sculpture. Its been around for nigh on twenty years and over the time some sculptures have come and gone but some still remain, and some are new.


Where ever you go this half term, explore somewhere new and try something different…