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Review of The Secret Forest

The Secret Forest
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Clearwell
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Owner description: The Secret Forest is a part natural and part man made landscape and has a roundhouse village demonstrating how iron age workers may have lived in three replica roundhouses showing different methods of construction. The landscape walk is through an open former iron age mine system that is open to the sky and known locally as ‘Scowles’; the outcrop of the crease limestone cave system which started forming approximately 180 million years ago. The abandoned mines were taken over by nature and have created a beautiful ancient woodland with trees over 800 years old. The circular path is approx. 600m long within gentle rock and root formations. Our mission is to preserve and promote the appreciation and enjoyment of our natural environment through art, education and nature. We run courses and events. OPEN 10am to 3pm DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS and by prior appointment, unless otherwise stated. See website for details. There is a tearoom and eco-toilets. Check before you travel.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came upon this place by chance and was so pleased we decided to go in.Plenty of space for parking and an honesty box.On entering we felt this beautiful forest had such a magial feel about it and the further we went in it was so beautiful,we almost expected fairies to pop out.At the finish we came upon an Iron age village .There were realistic huts that were made to perfection as you would imagine they would look like in that time.There was also a tea room but didn't visit this as it was late.This is all run by volunteers .Lovely.Carol &Martin

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

We already knew the scowles at Puzzle Wood and were interested in trying this close neighbour.The path is not as exciting as Puzzle Wood, nor as complex but was just right for 4 year olds and their families. Toy bears of all shapes and sizes are there to be spotted along the way. At the top there is a small iron age village of three huts, a goat and a modest cafe with a second-hand treasure trove of interesting things "everything is for sale". I recommend an early visit while the magic lasts.

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Reviewed 8 June 2018

Although the walk through the forest isn't particularly long it is stunningly beautiful, peaceful and also very interesting especially if you take time to read the information boards about the iron ore mining that went on tens of thousands of years ago. The scowles are an interesting feature. The Iron Age village could be a lot better and needs a good tidy up in terms of weed clearing etc. Seems a shame to go to all that trouble of putting up these really interesting buildings and then not looking after them properly. Quirky team room just past the Iron Age village. We were first to arrive and whilst the entrance office was shut there is an honesty box asking you to pay £3 which we did and felt it good value for money

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

OK so looking at reviews there are many opinions and that always happens as we all expect/want different things and have different ideas so all I can tell you is that we stumbled across The Secret Forest after visiting the caves opposite and we are so glad we did. Luckily for us we were only one's there as it was early and to us it was magical - yes there was no one there to take our £3 so we put it in an honesty box and later found out the whole place is run by volunteers who have their work cut out keeping the place as beautiful as it is so does it really matter if no one there to greet you ( someone on previous post were annoyed no one there ) . We walked through the forest taking in everything there was to see and this took us at least half hour as we made sure we looked properly - we then stopped at Cafe which yes is not luxury but was comfortable and we were welcomed and £1.50 for pot of tea WITH complementary biscuit - REALLY where else would you get value for money like that !!! We took time to talk to people working there which is when we found out they all volunteer because they love the place - we got chatting to a lovely gentleman Dave Martin who is somewhat of a local celebrity ( worked in mines & was trapped in collapse - back held together with rods & he still helps keep place tidy - there is a carved statue of him in town nearby ) he also is a fab poet. Anyway there is so much more I could say including the amazing poems scattered around as you walk all well worth reading but I need to get on with work now lovely holiday over but PLEASE if you love peace, tranquilty and want to preserve our beautiful country visit The Secret Forest.

2  Thank Jan Q
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We paid £3 per person to go into the secret forest which consisted of a 15 minute walk. An absolute waste of time and money and would definitely not recommend!

Thank sharon361
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