Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean

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The bridge at Puzzlewood.  Familiar to fans of BBC's Merlin.


If you’re in the Forest of Dean then Puzzlewood is well worth a visit – especially if your kids are fans of BBC’s Dr. Who or Merlin.

Puzzlewood is a place that requires seeing to believe.   Think of all those “enchanted forests” film sets… but this is for real.

BBC’s Merlin has filmed here a number of times, and this bridge will be familiar to fans of the programme.  BBC’s Doctor Who has also filmed here (don’t blink!).


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There’s a number of paths to walk around and things to try and spot.  It’s not as easy as it sounds.

This can be a real magical place, with lots of ravines, grottos, bridges, and a few props left over from BBC filming.

The path is actually a bit of a maze, and whilst there’s always a few that claim they saw everything and it only took a few minutes, for most this will take a good while, and no guarantee you’ll find everything.

As with most woods, wellies are advisable if it has been raining.

BBC Merlin at Puzzlewood

Video of BBC filming at Puzzlewood

Pictures of the Puzzlewood filming locations

Dr Who filming at PuzzlewoodBBC Dr Who at Puzzlewood

Video of BBC filming Dr Who at Puzzlewood

Behind the scense of Dr Who at Puzzlewood

Star Wars Episode VII has been filmed at Puzzlewood

Unlike the original Star Wars film, which was shot among the magnificent giant red woods of Northern California, the new Star Wars Episode VII has gone for the more mystical appearance of Puzzlewood.

Below is a picture of film equipment left behind by the Star Wars crew.

Star Wars Film equipment left behind at Puzzlewood

The Puzzlewood car park was completely taken over by trailers.

The Star Wars crew at Puzzlewood

More photos can be found here.

You can also watch a BBC news video here.

Where is Puzzlewood?

Put GL16 8QB for directions to Puzzlewood.

What’s in the area?

Want somewhere to stay?  Meredith Farm is not too far away.

Update: if you want to see some more pictures, check out Stuart’s puzzlewood photos.


Gav Grayston
Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) ....but unfortunately spends too much time behind a computer keyboard than he would like! Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.
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