Castlemain Mill Holiday Cottages

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Countdown and Launchpad are now open! 🎉🍾
Our maintenance work is now finished, both trails have been completely refurbished and are now ready to ride. £68,000 has been invested by Forestry England into these trails, and this wouldn’t be possible without the income we make from membership and visitors – so thank you!
A huge thanks also goes to everyone that donated to the fundraiser hosted by the Dean Trail Volunteers. Nearly £9,000 was donated by riders during the height of the pandemic, your support and generosity is incredible.
Our team were out testing the trails earlier this week with Martyn Ashton from the Global Mountain Bike Network, and we can confirm they are super fun to ride. Our contractors Back on Track Mountain Bike Solutions who carried out this refurbishment have done an amazing job. 👏👏
These trails are the only ones in the UK specifically designed for 4-wheeled gravity bikes, but some changes have been made to make them more suitable for 2-wheeled mountain bikes.
They are really fast and flowy and so, as with any new trail, please do take care when riding it for the first time. They've been completely reshaped and so will be unfamiliar even to regular visitors.
Have fun and let us know what you think. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Exciting news - our latest app launched today!

Take an adventure through ‘deep time’ and explore the landscape and geology of our Forest with our shiny new Geoheritage of the Dean app…
This special story of the #ForestofDean’s geology is told through 10 amazing self-guided walks, plus introductory sections about the rocks, ‘deep time’ history and Freemining.
As you explore the trails, your location will be tracked on the map using the GPS built into your mobile device. When you near a point of interest, the GPS triggers information explaining the site.
To download this FREE app, find the app store links on this webpage:
Grab your mobile, download the app, pop your boots on and go explore!

lemonEveryone has a lemon tree in Australia so of course we had to have one when we moved to the forest.

We have had 9 large juicy lemons on our tree this year and the leaves are recovering from the recent heavy rain. Trying a G+T with Brecon Botanicals Gin and the freshest lemon in Parkend.

The families of boar have been visiting Parkend and these pictures were taken today 13/3/21 from the back of Castlemain Mill.

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Parkend was flooded over the weekend and at one point 3 of the 4 roads out of the village were closed. All clear now and water levels receding. The River Wye is now badly affected and our thoughts are with our neighbours as they deal with this dangerous situation.



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