2 Viney Hill – Newent

Viney Hill to Newent 18.25 miles (29.2Km.)

Forest of Dean - stile

Forest of Dean - stile

Another excellent view of the Severn estuary from the cottage at the start of today’s walk.  If you are planning a walk from the car, there is a useful layby where the path leaves the road. This is an area of scattered houses rather than solid villages and the landscape is enhanced by the many white painted cottages dotted on hill sides.

At Gill Birch Wood the guide gives warning not to take the ‘inviting stile’. This is one of many locations where careful navigation is required. I managed to miss the actual viewpoint at Blaize Bailey and in the drizzle couldn’t be fussed to search it out but the view from the road satisfied my needs. From can be seen here the huge meander around Arlingham on which stands the impressive town of Newnham.

Severn Estuary Meandering

Severn Estuary Meandering

Welshbury Hill - Hill Fort

Welshbury Hill - Hill Fort

The Hill Fort at Welshbury Hill being tree covered was difficult to see but the bluebells and fresh leaves on the Beech tress were a sight worth taking in before Flaxley and Hope Woods offer another navigational challenge, not helped by the drizzle on the day of my walk.

Hobbs Quarry

Hobbs Quarry

Hobbs Quarry Nature Reserve offered an exposed example of the folds in the earth which had created May Hill (NT) 296M where the GEW meets the Wysis Way.

May Hill - Trig

May Hill - Trig

 In 1887 trees were planted on the summit to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria these trees have now grown to some considerable size and could be said to rather obscure the potential all round view.

That was a good spot to pause before we pass uneventfully into Newent and the end of our tour through the Forest of Dean.

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