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VISIT | Picnic at Cannop Pond in the heart of the Forest of Dean | Gloucestershire

The Light off the Cannop Ponds at Dusk
The Light off the Cannop Ponds at Dusk

A great spot to relax or stop for a picnic at the Cannop Ponds in the Forest of Dean

To feed the ducks, watch the swans or picnic at leisure at Cannop Ponds in rural west Gloucestershire

Set within the trees and industrial heritage of the Forest of Dean

Wonderful to relax or just to stop as it runs adjacent to the Forest of Dean bike path

The Leat which runs between the Ponds from an industrial age before
The Leat which runs between the Ponds from an industrial age before

"...the quiet evenings when the people have left and the trees, wildlife and light is left to play..."

Description |

Cannop Ponds is one of those lovely spots where you can stop, stretch your legs, watch the light as it bounces off the water and just stand and stare. It sits adjacent to the Family Cycle Trail which criss-crosses the Forest of Dean; so bikes of all shapes and sizes will whizz past your eyesight. Picnic benches are scattered across the green for those who come prepared. 

The bridge begs children to run across it, whilst other will aim for the bench which sits centre stage waiting for the audience to just stop and watch as its actor - the ducks, swans and dragonflies dance their dance of life. All this surrounded by an auditorium of magnificent trees.

Come at dusk, and study the light as it makes pretty pictures whilst the shadows fall and the people disappear then you will truly appreciate the Ponds as it is meant to be seen, in the quiet.

Directions and Map |

Find Cannop Ponds near the Speech House off the main road which runs between Cinderford and Coleford

Longitude: -2.566299

Latitude: 51.793608

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