Until Stuart times, quite large ships were constructed at Lydney, including the 306-ton, 22-gun frigate 'Forester' in 1657 and the 620-ton frigate 'Princess' in 1660.The town was the home of Sir William Wintour, Admiral of the Fleet of Queen Elizabeth I in 1588, and many of the ships to oppose the Spanish Armada were built here. WIth its famous Park Gardens and Forest Railway, it makes it a must for any visitor to the Royal Forest of Dean.
Besides the Severn there are numerous important rivers, such as the Avon, Lower Avon, Wye, Thames, and Windrush.
The canal system has been largely developed, and several important water-ways of that description pass through the county.
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There are a wide range of things to explore and discover with five on-site inter-active galleries exploring the history of the Forest, including a Victorian cottage, a Charcoal Burners Camp, a Waterwheel, a Beam Engine and much more!
The centre also hosts special events, exhibitions and educational workshops throughout the year. Don't miss our woodland trail which is based on the much loved children's book, The Gruffalo.There are also over 30 pubs, cafes and restaurants, serving a wide variety of meals.Lydney Rugby Club is famous nationally, as well as locally, there is an open-air swimming pool and, of course, the town is surrounded by the Royal Forest of Dean, with its beautiful walks and cycle paths."GLOUCESTERSHIRE, a west Midland county [Map (right) shows location], situated upon the estuary of the Severn, and bounded north and north-east by Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire; by Oxfordshire; south by Berks, Wilts, and Somerset; and west by Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, and the estuary of the Severn; greatest length, south-west to north-east 54 miles; greatest breadth, north-west to south-east, 33 miles; area, 783,699 acres; population 572,433.The face of the county shows varied aspects, of which the most distinctive are the Cotswold Hills, in the east; the valley of the Severn, in the middle; and the Forest of Dean, in the west.Sign up today for a free trial membership and FIFTY free emails!Welcome and enjoy our UK nudist chat by email, text or video.If you are looking for the best UK Nudist and Naturist Beaches for a nudist beach holiday, please visit Top Nudist Beaches Best UK Beaches and Resorts.We have nude beach reviews, videos and information for the top UK nude beaches. Welcome to the Dean Heritage Centre, one of Gloucestershire’s leading family attractions.Set in amongst five acres of stunning scenery, the centre is fully interactive and protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the Forest of Dean.