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Living in Dymock: The local area guide

One of the most notable and prettiest villages in Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean, Dymock has earned its fame for several reasons. It’s well known not only for its local Dymock Red cider apples and a home-grown poetry movement, but also for its flavourful Stinking Bishop cheese. Dymock is fortunate enough to sit in the quintessential English countryside, all gently rolling fields and fertile soil. Its village centre is home to eleven listed buildings inside of a conservation area as well as an 11th century church, drawing architecture enthusiasts and historians. It also appeals to those with a green thumb, and is particularly beautiful during the daffodil season when many visitors arrive to view these bright yellow blooms on country walks through the area.

Although it enchants visitors, Dymock’s permanent residents enjoy a rich social and community life. There are a number of groups and clubs which meet in its Beauchamp Arms public house or Parish Hall, including the Horticultural Society, Women’s Institute, and Amateur acting group.


Dymock has experienced a period of growth between the 2001 and 2011 census counts. The village is part of the Bromesberrow and Dymock electoral ward, which encompasses a population of 1,901 at last count. However, this includes the surrounding countryside and within Dymock’s village the population is closer to 350. This small size ensures a strong community spirit. Residents include individuals born in Wales, Scotland, the United States, South Africa, and Australia, but over 91% of individuals were born in England. English is spoken by the vast majority of Dymock residents. There’s a range of occupations recorded in the last census, including professional roles, skilled trades, and managers or senior officials.


Ann Cam Church of England Primary School is the main school in Dymock, offering classes for primary-aged pupils between the ages of 5 and 11. This Christian school uses a foundation of Christian and moral values to provide a safe, welcoming environment. According to the most recent Ofsted inspection in 2013, Ann Cam was rated ‘good.’ The school includes Happy Turtles Nursery on the premises, which was also ‘good’ according to Ofsted in 2013. The nursery is convenient for primary-aged children as well, offering pre-school education and childcare for older children with a breakfast and afterschool club.

For secondary school, students can travel 10 minutes up the B4215 to Ledbury, where John Masefield High School is situated in a pastoral setting. This secondary school has achieved academy status. It was recently awarded a Performing Arts speciality as well, and includes a sixth form. Overall, John Masefield provides classes for students ranging from the ages of 11 to 18, and draws talent from around the region.


One of the best ways to get around this picturesque region is with a leisurely drive. Dymock is sandwiched between Leominster and Newent on the B4215 road, with Herefordshire’s Ledbury just four miles away. Drivers can access the larger M50 and M5 motorways by first following this scenic country road. Alternately, it’s only 25 minutes to drive into the centre of Gloucester, and 30 minutes to Hereford. Some public transport services are available, including bus routes between Gloucester and Ledbury, where the nearest train stations are also found.

Amenities and shopping

Within the central village of Dymock, residents benefit from a well-stocked general store, post office branch, and two garages. Social life revolves around the village green and Beauchamp Arms, where regular events take place and community groups meet. Yet there are many other retail outlets in the area, including garden centres, fruit farms, and a Tesco supermarket up in Ledbury. Ledbury is also home to a branch of the Countrywide store, with rural supplies and hardware.

It’s a 25-minute trip to Gloucester, where those in search of bigger brand names can visit the Gloucester Quays Factory Outlet mall. This modern shopping centre offers a cinema, restaurants, lounges, and outlets. You’ll find everything from Next to Nike here at a steep discount. Cheltenham’s high street is also in the vicinity for those seeking something different.

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