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Where? The Forest of Dean is one of England's few remaining ancient forests, covering over 110km2 of Gloucestershire, between the rivers Wye and Severn and on the borders of Wales and Herefordshire.

A potted guide. The Forest consists of four different landscape areas. The ancient Royal Forest lies at the heart of the district with the towns of Coleford and Cinderford. The Wye Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers outdoor activities such as canoeing and fishing. The Vale of Leadon features rolling farmland, vineyards and black and white timbered buildings and the picturesque town of Newent. The Severn Valley is famous for its tidal bore, Blaisdon plums and perry pears and the town of Lydney.

Work? 12 GP practices.

Homes? £279,000 buys you a four-bed, three reception-room detached house in Coleford.

Schools? 29 primary schools and six secondary schools. The Forest of Dean further education college was highly commended by OFSTED.

Leisure? Explore the area's varied landscape.

From the local press: Not a lot. The Forest and Wye Today website had no news uploaded for the past 30 days.

Famous residents: Harry Potter author JK Rowling grew up near Chepstow. Playwright Dennis Potter was born in Coleford.

Anything else? For steam enthusiasts, the Dean Forest Railway is at Lydney.

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