When Alex was told about a magical forest that was used in a lot of films, he knew we had to check it out, and I am so glad we did!
Located in the Forest of Dean, Puzzlewood is a woodland wonderland, full of trees and rocks and moss. Lots and lots of moss. There’s green as far as the eye can see and bridges made out of sticks. Leaves whisper overhead and when the wind blows the right way, birdsong can be heard.
The second I stepped foot inside the forest, I understood why Puzzlewood has been made famous for its ideal filming location. Movies such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jack and the Giant Slayer were shot among Puzzlewood’s ancient trees. The way their branches creep outwards, the height of their trunks, and the isolation from the modern world make the place feel mystical.
It’s no wonder Tolkein drew inspiration from the place!
Puzzlewood is available to visit through pre-booking, and parking is free and provides a decent amount of spaces. There is a cafe onsite and restrooms available.
Give yourself at least two to three hours to make a full circuit through the forest. (You’re welcome to go back in as many times as you’d like.) While there is a path you are required to stay on, there are ample spots you’re allowed to pop off onto to let others pass or take a rest.
And don’t forget to take a peek at the Highland Cows at the entrance!