Occupying the South-West corner of Gloucestershire, the Forest of Dean is one of largest surviving tracts of ancient woodland in the British Isles and was designated a Royal Forest as far back as Anglo-saxon times. The area offers wonderful driving routes ideal for an outing in one of our classic cars, offering breathtaking views over an unspoilt natural environment as the road wends its way over the hilly terrain. It is easy to see how this magical place could inspire works from Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter.
At the far side of the forest we arrive at the River Wye, recently voted Britain’s favourite river, forming part of the western boundary of Gloucestershire and indeed part of the border between England and Wales. In this lower section of river, the Wye Valley is known for its stunning scenery, meandering along steep-sided valleys punctuated with limestone outcrops and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The road takes you along the serene valley, past the remote beauty of the 12th century Tintern Abbey to the town of Chepstow with its magnificent 11th century Norman castle perched high upon a cliff above the River Wye. The castle, thought to be the oldest surviving stone fortification in Britain, has a fascinating history stretching from medieval times through to the end of the 17th century. With its extensive ramparts and spectacular setting, Chepstow Castle should not be missed.
To complete your day of classic motoring follow the Roman Road through the picturesque towns and villages along the banks of the River Severn back to Gloucester.