Blackpool Bridge Heritage Access

Between Blackpool Bridge and Mallards Pike stretches a steeply wooded valley followed by the Blackpool Brook and a dis-used light railway. Largely inaccessible, the area features remnants of past industry (coal & iron mines and limestone quarrying) and remnants of the buildings, railways, reservoirs built to support and protect these activities. It also contains evidence of  freemining and commoning from the present. The project aims to facilitate public access, allowing visitors to move through the visually inspiring landscape and conserve the archaeology along the route. The project will also look at ancient routes such as the Dean Road that increase access to the valley.

How to Get Involved:


  • To establish a route and conserve archaeology.
  • To photograph, survey and map the area.

If you would like to get involved in this project, please contact

Forest Voluntary Action Forum tel:  01594 822073  email:

Before November 2016 this project will:

  • Support access through the Dean Road (Lydney to Blackpool Bridge)
  • Carry out a survey and review of historic maps

Between 2017 - 2022 the project will:

  • Facilitate the restoration of the Blackpool brook which is channelled through a unique ground level aqueduct to prevent leakage into underground mines.
  • Map and conserve the remains of collieries, quarries and rail/tramways.
  • Improve access and provide a ‘learning trail’ connecting the adjacent areas

Project leads:

John Marchant, Romilly House, Lower Road, Yorkley, Lydney, Glouc GL15 4TH

Roger Deeks  e-mail:


Blackpool Bridge