After 11 years of walking around here we finally managed to find the Suck Stone and Near Hearkening Rocks! Turns out we’d always turned back too soon because you can’t miss the huge stones tumbled down the hillside. We lacked champagne to celebrate finally NOT getting lost in this part of the forest. We did find a welcoming pub in Staunton though, complete with a real fire and friendly Labradors.
Walking around Soudley from the Forest of Dean Heritage Centre, through an area littered with the evidence of the Forest’s industrial heritage. Most of what we can see now dates from the seventeenth century up to the nineteenth but iron working has a very long history in the Forest with evidence of activity dating to the Iron Age.