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Forest of Dean Steam & The Wye Valley

Explore the magical region between the Welsh borderland and the River Severn in the beautiful Forest of Dean including three heritage railways, a cruise along one of the country's most scenic river landscapes, and visits to fascinating museums. Enjoy time to explore some of the many charming towns and villages including Broadway (Jewel of the Cotswolds), picturesque Ross-on-Wye, and the historic market town of Abergavenny.

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5 days from £759

 

DEPARTS

Monday 19 May 2025

Monday 8 September 2025

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Journey on the Forest of Dean Railway

  • Travel along the Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway to the beautiful Cotswolds

  • Cruise on the scenic River Wye from Symonds Yat

  • Marvel at reservoirs and mountains on the Brecon Mountain Railway

  • Explore Gloucester’s National Waterways Museum

  • Discover the historic market town of Abergavenny

  • Visit the picturesque town of Ross-on-Wye

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • Live entertainment on two evenings

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

We arrive by train into Lydney and transfer to our hotel in Coleford, ideally located on the outskirts of the market town, where we enjoy our first evening meal together.

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DAY 2

After breakfast this morning, we travel by coach over the Welsh border to the historic market town of Abergavenny where we enjoy free time to wander around the beautiful market town discovering lovely scenery and boutique shops before enjoying lunch at leisure. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a scenic route by road to Pant for a return steam* journey on the Brecon Mountain Railway, formerly part of the Brecon & Merthyr Railway. Our journey will take us along the full length of the Pontsticill Reservoir before climbing to Torpantau, high in the Brecon Beacons, stopping at Pontsticill Reservoir on the return. We will travel back to our hotel in time for our evening meal.

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DAY 3

Today we will depart from our hotel by coach heading to nearby Norchard where we enjoy a visit to the Forest of Dean Railway Museum including a private tour of the restoration shed. We will then board we board our train for a nine-mile return steam* journey on the Forest of Dean Railway travelling south to Lydney Junction and north to Parkend with stops at both ends of the line. Our coach will then transport us to Ross-on-Wye where there will be free time to enjoy lunch at leisure before our afternoon boat trip on the River Wye from the beautiful Symonds Yat.

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DAY 4

This morning, after breakfast, we will travel by private coach transfer to Cheltenham Racecourse where we board our steam* train for a scenic journey through the Cotswolds on the extended Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway through to Broadway. We enjoy a little free time in this picturesque Cotswold village before we depart to the most inland port in the country, Gloucester Docks to visit the National Waterways Museum which tells the story of the 200-year history of the docks and the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. Here we will enjoy a boat tour discovering the stories of the communities that lived and continue to thrive here before returning to Coleford by coach for our evening meal.

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DAY 5

After breakfast we will bid farewell to Coleford and transfer to Lydney for our homeward journeys.

*We reserve the right to travel by heritage diesel train should the steam locomotive not be available / timetabled at the time of our visit.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Bells Hotel & Country Club, Coleford

Located in the Forest of Dean on the outskirts of the market town of Coleford, the Bells Hotel is positioned in a peaceful location on a hill with beautiful views over the Wye Valley. Please note the nearest rail station is in Lydney. The hotel is located across two buildings with the reception, bedrooms, and beauty suite in one, and the bar, restaurant, and terrace in the other. The hotel also boasts a county standard bowling green as well as an 18-hole golf course (both payable locally). The bedrooms are traditional in style and include free Wi-Fi, TV, and tea/coffee making facilities. Single rooms are true single with one single bed.

 

FARES

 

Fare Region

First*

Standard

London: Paddington

£995

£905

Greater London

£1,005

£919

South of England

£1,029

£929

East Anglia

£1,015

£919

South West

£1,135

£885

Heart of England

£1,005

£919

Midlands

£979

£845

Yorkshire

£1,105

£945

North East

£1,249

£1,025

North West

£1,089

£935

South Wales

N/A

£839

North Wales

£1,019

£899

Scotland

£1,219

£1,005

 

*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £759

Single Room Supplement £NIL (no supplement on true single rooms)

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

 

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