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Explore the Enchanting Forest of Dean this Winter

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Although this winter is looking a little more bleak than it usually does, one of things that you can do to alleviate those negative feelings is get out and about with nature.

A walk in the countryside is beneficial, not only to the body but also to the mind. If you want to discover a magical place to walk (a place so magical that both Tolkien and JK Rowling were inspired by it when they wrote their books) then the Forest of Dean is the perfect place for you.

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Snuggle up warm, get yourselves some aran sweaters from shamrockgift.com and head down to the forest to see the enchanted landscapes and local mysteries of the ancient woodlands…

The Staunton Longstone has stood in the forest, near to Coleford since the bronze age and little is known of its reasons for being placed there. Legend has it, that if you prick the stone at midnight with a pin it will bleed.

Arthurs stone in Herefordshire is known to be over 5000 years old. It is said that this is the place that King Arthur did battle with a giant – when he killed the giant it fell onto the stone, leaving the indent of its elbow on it.

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Puzzle Wood is a local woodland with some interesting earth formations. Walking around its deep gorges and the twisted tree roots, it is easy to believe that you are indeed in an enchanted fairy-tale woodland.