Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Hiking in the Forest of Dean

The Royal Forest of Dean is a large wooded landscape situated in rural Gloucestershire. The area is of great historical and cultural significance and the area is steeped in mystery and intrigue.
The area is popular for cycling, hiking, fishing, caving and other outdoor pursuits. There are two rivers which run either side of the plateau, The River Wye in Herefordshire and the River Severn. Tourists who visit the area can find accommodation in Gloucestershire or accommodation in Herefordshire which is nearby. Popular Herefordshire accommodation can be found in the gorge of Symonds Yat which is divided by the beautiful River Wye. One side of the gorge is in Herefordshire and the other is officially The Forest of Dean.

Ancient Woodlands
The Forest of Dean and Symonds Yat are two ancient areas of English woodland and there are many ancient forts, megalithic monuments and even barrows have been identified. The area was inhabited by the Britons and Symonds Yat is said to be one of the oldest inhabited places in Britain due to its ideal sheltered location by the river and network of caves.

The area was once popular with miners, and many mines and man made caves still exist as a testament to that industry. Lime Kilns can also be found scattered within certain forested areas.
The trees that make up the Forest of Dean comprise of deciduous and also evergreen trees, such as Oak, Beech, Ash, Sweet Chestnut, Pine, Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir, Yew and Larch. There are many wild flowers that can be seen throughout the year in the forests, such as foxglove, bluebells and primrose.

Popular Attractions
An architectural attraction is the old Speech House. The Speech House is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Britain and is situated near to Coleford and Cinderford. It was built in the 17th century as a 'Court of Mine Law' or 'Court of the Speech'.

Wildlife is one of the main attractions for walkers and hikers in the Forest of Dean. Birds such as Pied Flycatchers, Redstarts, Wood Warblers, Hawfinches, Goshawks and Peregrine Falcons draw in bird watchers. A variety of butterflies and other insects can be seen, such as wood ants, glow worms and dragon flies. Other larger animals inhabit parts of the woods and it is not uncommon to see wild boar and deer.

There are plenty of fascinating routes which can be cycled or walked and which take in places of interest such as: Cannop Ponds, Clearwell Caves, Dean Forest Railway, Puzzlewood, various iron works, The Sculpture Trail, Symonds Yat and a huge network of remote woodland trails.

Symonds Yat is worthy of a few days exploring with many caves, a river, dense woodland and all manner of outdoor pursuits such as fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking and caving.

The area caters well for tourists and people in pursuit of the great outdoors, the local tourist information board will offer advice on accommodation Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and within the Forest of Dean itself. There is much to see in this beautiful part of England and it is mainly unspoilt.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Camping Furniture

Camping, Caravanning and Hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors, whether it be the lakes, coast, countryside or abroad. However, some people miss the comforts of home and basic items such as a table and chairs can be sorely missed when camping.
Luxury camping furniture can really help improve the quality of your time spent away and furniture such as trestle tables and camping chairs really help make your holiday experience more relaxed and enjoyable. The choice is pretty wide to offer additional comfort when on a camping or caravanning vacation. The problem for most campers is weight and space.

Camping Tables
Camping tables fall into two categories which both have similar features. Trestle tables and folding tables.

Trestle tables come in all shapes and sizes, and they are suitable for camping, car boots, displays, marketing, traders, stalls, events and catering.
The main use of a trestle table is that they will either fold away or are easily dismantled to save space when storing. They are often lightweight with a moulded top, and the legs will often be tubular with a powder coating for durability.
They are the ultimate in convenience and strength. Plastic trestle tables are usually made from polythene, blow moulded resin, or plastic resin. Their main features are strength combined with portability. Trestle tables also come in wood or aluminium design but plastic is a combination of strength, price and weight.

Folding Tables are very similar to trestle tables but they tend to be used more specifically for camping. Similar to trestle tables they come in all shapes and sizes, and are built from plastics, metals (such as aluminium) and wood, or a combination of materials.
Folding tables are suitable for picnics and their foldaway abilities mean that they are ideal for storing in caravans or a car boot when camping.
The beauty of a folding table is that you can have a sturdy table for preparing and eating food, and this can be a great help if you're out doors, they are easily wipe-able and should last you a long time if looked after.

Camping Chairs
Camping chairs are extremely popular and have many uses, for fishing, camping, caravanning, hunting, beach days, festivals and many more outdoor activities.

Most camping chairs are foldaway, and have developed over the years to offer comfort and support to the neck and back. More expensive camping chairs have free-form seat designs which help to remove pressure points and offer a relaxed, reclined position.

The seating is usually made of a fabric which can be padded for comfort, or sometimes of a mesh material which allows the material to breathe which is important for use in hot weather. Some chairs will come with drink holders which is of extra use if you need a liquid refreshment while reclining.

Lightweight chairs will be made of a polyester fabric and a metal frame which will be easy to open and close, this will also provide durability against weathering. You may also find your chair comes with a carry bag and plastic feet to prevent the camping chair from sinking in the soft ground.

In all, you will find luxury items such as camping tables, camping chairs and other caravanning accessories at any good quality camping equipment store. It really is worth looking around as these items will help make your holiday one to remember.