forest bathe courses currently run in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. The Forest of Dean has over 27,000 acres of mixed woodland that’s open to the public, providing rich opportunities for forest bathing.

Carina has carefully selected ‘nests’ in the outdoors, within beautiful woodland settings; called ‘nests’ because they are safe spaces. They are as inclusive and accessible as possible, with access to shelter and facilities if needed. No two ‘nests’ are the same, each one has its own distinctive woodland character. All are welcoming!

Bradley Hill, Soudley


A peaceful site nestled within a secluded mixed woodland setting, overlooking the tree canopy and the surrounding Forest of Dean. You will not go far from this single gently sloping forest track, ensuring easy navigation. Relax and be fanned by the low hanging branches of beech trees as you stroll between soft green carpets of moss. Here you can find stillness and calm.

Getting there:

  • Car: Free parking
  • Train: Lydney station is a twenty- minute taxi ride away.
  • Or by bike.

Facilities:

  • Restaurant/Café: at The Dean Heritage Centre, Soudley, 5- minute drive away.
  • Toilets: Accessible toilets (from the road) at The Dean Heritage Centre.

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Speech House Woodlands


Situated in the heart of the ancient Forest of Dean and a five- minute walk from the historic Speech House Hotel, this site adjoins the popular Sculpture Trail and is a stone’s throw away form the Arboretum. Narrow forest paths wind down in to the tranquil mixed forest woodland with a 500m forestry track up hill. This completes a 2km, relaxing, circular trail.

Getting there:

  • Free parking: Speech House Woodlands.
  • Bus: Buses stop opposite The Speech House Hotel.
  • Train: Lydney station is a twenty- minute taxi ride away.
  • Or by bike.

Facilities:

  • Restaurant/Cafe: The Speech House Hotel has a restaurant and Beechenhurst Lodge, near by, has a café.
  • Toilets: Both the above have accessible, disabled toilets and parking.

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The Wilderness Centre

Forest bathers will meet at The Widerness Centre car park (free parking).

Facilities: fire pit, disabled parking and toilets. Toilets are 200m from the parking and also from the woods. On returning to the site it is necessary to go up a gradually sloping tarmac driveway. The woodland paths are made up of well trodden natural forest tracks and are on flat ground.