Travelling to this area
The major gateways to the Forest of Dean are Gloucester, Chepstow, Monmouth, and Ross-on-Wye, and there are buses from each town to Coleford.
You can get information on all services in the Forest of Dean area at the Traveline South West web site. (To see all services covering your start or destination go to Timetable lookup, enter your starting or finishing point in the Location box, leave the other boxes empty, and click on Go.)
The nearest station is Lydney, served by the Cardiff-Gloucester route operated by Arriva Trains.
Local bus services
The following buses run through or close to Sling:
23 Coleford – Bream – Lydney – Gloucester (Daily) Timetable
707 Coalway – Clearwell – Chepstow (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) Timetable
786 Parkend – Bream – Lydney – Gloucester (Thursdays only) Timetable
787 Pillowell – St Briavels – Bream – Yorkley – Gloucester (Mondays only) Timetable
The 786 and 787 services stop at Ellwood crossroads. The times of Stagecoach services in the Forest of Dean can be found here Stagecoach timetables
Community transport services
Forest Routes is a Lottery funded community transport partnership in the Forest of Dean forestroutes.org
They are working to raise awareness of the four community transport providers, to promote their services and to recruit new volunteers to work with them. Contact 01594 812613
If you are interested in volunteering there are many roles available; volunteer car drivers with Lydney Dial A Ride, Lydcare and Bream Voluntary Car Service transport local people from their home to their appointments. Mileage is paid from the point of the driver’s home. You will need a driving licence, your own car or access to a car. You will receive training and complete a DBS disclosure with the organisation. Other roles include trustee, fundraising, charity shop assistants for Cinderford or Lydney.
Lydney Dial-A-Ride have accessible mini buses to transport people door-to-door, volunteer car drivers and two charity shops. For more details and information of the rural community bus routes see lydneydialaride.co.uk. Minibuses can be available with a driver on evenings and weekends for other charitable organisations, clubs, societies, voluntary and community groups, schools and colleges. Tel 01594 843809 for more information and to discuss availability.
Lydcare have a voluntary car service and advocacy. The voluntary drivers are available to take you to and from your appointment whether hospital, doctor, dentist or social. They cover the Forest and surrounding area and travel as far as Bristol and Birmingham hospitals and are happy to wait until you are ready to travel back home, at no extra cost. A standard mileage charge applies. Advocacy service: Having difficulty dealing with forms? Are you getting the right benefits? This service is provided free of charge in the comfort of your own home. If you have difficulty getting out and about and want to get to the lunch clubs, transport can be arranged. For all enquiries please phone 01594 860143.
Bream Voluntary Car Service provide a personal service for anyone requiring transport to medically related appointments. Drivers provide a door-to-door service ensuring you are booked in for your appointment and wait until you are ready to return home. Telephone 01594 560257
Coach trips and holidays
We are fortunate to have four local operators of coach trips and holidays:
Brian J. Aston, Milkwall, Coleford 01594 834551
James Bevan, www.jamesbevancoaches.com
Grindles Tours, www.grindlescoaches.co.uk
F. R. Willets, Coalway, Coleford 01594 837933
All advertise in the local newspapers.