Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean


You may never have heard of Puzzlewood before, but chances are you’ve seen it.

As you approach, it’s quite an unassuming place. A dirt car park and a small farm petting zoo.

But walk back further into the woods and you are transported to another world, with lush green undergrowth and bridges made out of branches.

It certainly has the feeling of some magical kingdom, an enchanted forest, a bygone age, and even a little alien.

And that’s why you may have seen it before, as it’s a very popular filming location for TV and Films.

Walking around Puzzlewood

We’ve visited Puzzlewood twice now, and both times were muddy. Our recent visit especially so.

Puzzlewood appears to have its own microclimate in the forest. It’s almost like a little rainforest where everything is kept moist and wet, so welly boots are advisable.

All that moisture means that the place is covered in moss and ferns.

Puzzlewood Panoramic


It’s not just a woodland walk. There are cliffs and small canyons.

There are many trails to follow, some going up and over, and some down below.

Historically the landscape at Puzzlewood used to be a quarry, which explains the cliffs and passageways. Over time, nature reclaimed the landscape to create this other-worldly place.

Due to the woodland and rocky landscape, Puzzlewood is not a place to take a pushchair.

TV and Film at Puzzlewood

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

Star Wars ‘Force Awakens’ scenes filmed at Puzzlewood

Unlike the original Star Wars film, where forest scenes in Return of the Jedi was shot among the magnificent giant redwoods of Northern California, the new Star Wars Episode VII has gone for the 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 on the filming of The Force Awakens at Puzzlewood.

Getting in Touch with Puzzlewood

Here's how you can get in contact with Puzzlewood.

Puzzlewood Website

[email protected]


01594 833187

Where to find Puzzlewood

Sat Nav Postcode: GL16 8QB

Latitude: 51.7794685, Longitude: -2.6093390

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PUZZLEWOOD, Perrygrove Road, Coleford, GL16 8QB.

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