Forest of Dean, GloucestershireMysterious and atmospheric, the Forest of Dean combines dense pine woods, rolling hills and the glistening ribbon of the Wye river, with loads of household points of interest dotted all through. The large attracts are Puzzlewood – a pure theme park – and the Clearwell Caves, whereas the Perrygrove Railway gives the prospect to see the forest from a steam-drawn carriage. Gap up on the super-chic Tudor Farmhouse, a former working farm relationship again to the thirteenth century, which gives rustic bedrooms and trendy British delicacies. Doubles from £239 half-board, tudorfarmhousehotel.co.ukBrechfa Forest, CarmarthenshireWelsh surprise: comply with a path that hyperlinks large redwoods, eucalyptus, oak and walnut timber. {Photograph}: Joan Gravell/AlamyDating again to earlier than information started within the sixth century, Brechfa (then often called the Glyn Cothi Forest) is encircled by conventional Welsh villages and hamlets that exude a tranquil allure. Observe the Forest Backyard Path, which hyperlinks large redwoods, eucalyptus, oak and walnut timber, wander by the Alpine-esque pine woods and settle right down to lunch on one of many picnic tables, feasting on provisions from the fabulous Ginhaus Deli in close by Landeilo. Keep at Tŷ Mawr Nation Resort, a secluded bolthole within the tranquil Cothi valley which has six gentle, ethereal bedrooms and a comfortable restaurant specializing in native produce. Doubles from £130 B&B, wales-country-hotel.co.ukThe New Forest, HampshireIndulgent vibe: keep at Daisybank Cottage in fairly BrockenhurstMentioned within the Domesday E-book, this swathe of pasture, heathland and forest is tucked in between the Solent and the rolling Wiltshire plains. It’s a incredible alternative for households to discover on foot, bike, horseback or open-topped bus. Take a kayak out on the tranquil Beaulieu river, or hike by the woodland within the firm of free-roaming ponies and deer. The forest can also be wealthy in historical past, with historical burial mounds, Saxon settlements and stately houses dotted between the timber. Keep at Daisybank Cottage in fairly Brockenhurst – a classy, eight-room boutique B&B with stylish bedrooms and a stunning, indulgent vibe. Doubles from £120 B&B, bedandbreakfast-newforest.co.ukElibank and Traquair Forest, Scottish BordersFlora and fauna: spot pink squirrels and pink deer within the Tweed Valley. {Photograph}: AlamyA lush swathe of coniferous woodland within the Tweed Valley, this forest gives among the UK’s most difficult mountain-bike trails and very good strolling routes, with an excellent probability of recognizing pink squirrels and pink deer. The Tweed Valley Railway Path gives a softer biking choice, whereas Traquair Home – Scotland’s oldest inhabited home – offers a beautiful perception into the wealthy historical past of the forest and surrounding space. Close by Windlestraw Manor is an enthralling nation home lodge with beautiful views. Doubles from £190 B&B, windlestraw.co.ukAshdown Forest, KentTree view: Ashdown Park Resort, close to Wych. {Photograph}: Luise Berg-Ehlers/AlamyWorld-famous as the house of Winnie-the-Pooh, Ashdown Forest is an oasis of open heathland, woods and sandy ridges located on the Kent/Sussex border. Very best for a strolling break, it options well-marked trails linking unspoilt villages, a lot of which have glorious pubs for re-fuelling. In fact, no go to to the Forest is full and not using a cease at Pooh Nook – store, tearoom and shrine to all issues Pooh – within the fairly village of Hartfield, and a stroll as much as the Enchanted Place, which has spectacular 360-degree views throughout the forest. It’s an idyllic location each for youngsters and adults revisiting their childhood. Keep on the Ashdown Park Resort, a luxurious nation home with rolling gardens and a world-class spa. Doubles from £179 room-only, ashdownpark.comSherwood Forest, NottinghamshireTake intention: discover Robin Hood nation. {Photograph}: Ian Francis/AlamySteeped in legend, most notably that of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest is dominated by stately oak timber, essentially the most well-known of which, the Main Oak, is someplace between 800 and 1,100 years outdated. Strolling-trail maps of the forest can be found from the well-equipped guests’ centre, and there is a wonderful programme of family-friendly actions, together with bug hunts, storytelling walks and hireable youngsters’s backpacks that are stuffed with helpful equipment to assist them discover. The Forest Lodge Resort, only a five-minute stroll from the forest, gives easy however comfy rooms and a comfortable, fire-lit bar. Doubles from £80 B&B, forestlodgehotel.co.ukGrizedale Forest, Lake DistrictDeer hunters: uncover the forest’s well-known sculpture path. {Photograph}: AlamyLeave the crowds behind at Windermere and Coniston and plunge into the shady strolling and biking trails that crisscross the plush swathe of forest at Grizedale. An incredible alternative for artwork lovers, the forest is legendary for its sculpture path, which options 50 artistic endeavors – all constituted of pure supplies – dotted by the timber. Youngsters will love the prospect to discover the realm by Segway, and there’s a Go Ape climbing centre in addition to glorious play areas for youthful youngsters. Keep close by within the buzzy city of Hawkshead. Attempt the Hive, a clutch of engaging, comfy rooms above the Poppi Purple Café, which serves visitors hearty breakfasts and home made truffles. Two-night breaks from £200 room-only, hiverooms.co.ukGalloway Forest, Dumfries and GallowayLoch down: attempt biking, mountaineering, bird-watching or fishing within the 300-square mile park. {Photograph}: Nicky Beeson/AlamyClaimed to be the biggest forest within the UK, Galloway Forest Park sprawls for greater than 300 sq. miles, crisscrossed with biking and mountaineering trails, dotted with bird-watching hides, fishing lakes and even rock- and ice-climbing websites. The three customer centres provide bookable actions, maps and orienteering trails, and there are glorious play parks for youthful youngsters. Keep on the Home o’Hill Inn, the one pub really contained in the Forest Park, with two comfy rooms above the energetic bar and restaurant, serving domestically sourced meat and fish. Doubles from £95 B&B, houseohill.co.ukAfan Forest Park, south WalesBridge the hole: Afan has among the greatest mountain-bike trails within the UK. {Photograph}: Martin Barradine/AlamyAfan is legendary as one of many UK’s greatest mountain-biking locations, with six world-class trails snaking throughout the 48-square-mile forest park. There’s extra light biking on provide, alongside the outdated railway monitor on the base of the valley, and strolling routes various from a simple one-mile stroll to a tougher 10-mile hike. The Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre gives bike rent, in addition to day-fishing permits, and the Cedars Tearoom does a pleasant line in hearty sandwiches and truffles. Keep on the Afan Lodge, a cushty, no-nonsense base for lively holidaymakers, which gives household suites and a restaurant serving well-cooked pub classics. Doubles from £75 room solely, afanlodge.walesForest of Bowland, LancashireStep again: keep at a training inn that dates from the 1300sThe wooded valleys, heather-clad moorland and gritstone fells that make up the Forest of Bowland are scattered with hamlets and villages that really feel virtually untouched by Twenty first-century life. That is the place to come back for peace and quiet. The pure landscapes really feel wild and untamed, with huge skies rolling out above the hills. There are clearly marked strolling and biking routes, whereas fairly market cities, similar to Clitheroe and Bentham, provide the prospect to fill up on native produce for picnics. Base your self on the pretty Inn at Whitewell, a training inn relationship again to the 1300s, famed for its restaurant and comfy rooms. Doubles from £100 B&B, innatwhitewell.comBefore you e-book, please verify Covid refund and rescheduling insurance policies