Puzzlewood is an ancient woodland site and tourist attraction, near Coleford in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. The site, covering 5.7 ha, shows evidence of open-cast iron ore mining dating from the Roman period, and possibly earlier.

Over a mile of pathways were laid down in the early 19th century to provide access to the woods and provide picturesque walks. The area contains strange rock formations, secret caves, and ancient trees, with a confusing maze of paths.

This place has an atmosphere completely unlike any other forest you have ever set foot in. Coming to the Puzzlewood forest, you will easily imagine yourself in a sci-fi movie and with wonderful creatures lurking around every corner of the forest.

The geological features on show at Puzzlewood are known as scowles. Scowles originated through the erosion of natural cave systems formed in the Carboniferous Limestone many millions of years ago. Uplift and erosion caused the cave system to become exposed at the surface. This was then exploited by Iron Age settlers through to Roman times for the extraction of iron ore.

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has also visited Puzzlewood. The Forbidden Forest within the series bears some similarities to the geography of the area. Additionally, the forest is believed to have been an inspiration for J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

According to the Wikipedia