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Holidays in Bream

A former mining village in the heart of the Forest of Dean

Wye Valley

One of the largest villages in the Forest of Dean, Bream is part of a group of settlements that make up the Forest Ring of settlements at the edge of the Royal Forest. Just a stone’s throw from the gorgeous Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you are not far from lots of interesting walks and places to have a day out with the family.

Dating back to the Iron Age when inhabitants were first recorded in the area, Bream went on to become a mining area, specifically iron ore. It also has a history of farming and forestry, not surprising considering the miles of luscious countryside all around.

Tintern Abbey

The village and beyond have spectacular views over the Forest of Dean which is the perfect spot to visit lots of traditional villages and do some walking or riding.

There is a lovely community village atmosphere with three churches including the Anglican Church of St. James with tombstones dating back as far as the 1600s. Have a look at the oldest part of the village where the Lydney to Coleford road meets the High Street. You will see that most houses are from the 17th century but there is one, Bream Cross, which has the date of 1565.

The village also has a pub and various small shops where you can buy essentials. You could also pop down to the nearby towns of Lydney and Coleford for other bigger shops and supermarkets.

Only 30 miles from Brecon Beacons National Park where you will find wonderful walks and trails, Bream is also a brilliant place to put your wellies on and explore the area at your leisure. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and with the rolling hills of the Cotswolds in the far distance, you couldn’t find a more idyllic spot to get away.

Ten miles away is the spectacular Tintern Abbey, one of the greatest monastic ruins in the country. A two-year conservation project of the 13th century west front has just been completed so try to visit this amazing example of a Cistercian abbey if you can.

“The village and beyond have spectacular views over the Forest of Dean”

You are about an hour and a half away from the coast if you want to spend a day out at one of the various seaside resorts such as Barry. There are also lots of pretty riverside towns slightly nearer if you want to spend a day by the water. You could also drive up to Ross-on-Wye which is only 15 miles away or to the larger town of Abergavenny, which is at the edge of the Brecon Beacons. Spend a day in Newport or the capital city of Cardiff and take the opportunity to do some shopping or take in some culture as it is also home to the Welsh National Opera, Orchestra and Theatre.

While you’re there

Brecon Beacons National Park

A spectacular mountain range, one of the International Dark Sky Reserves.

The Forest of Dean

This lovely area is perfect for walking and hiking, or stop at one of the pretty villages for a cream tea.

Ross-on-Wye

Visit this beautiful market town on the River Wye and close to the Forest of Dean.

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