The Forest of Arden
The arden is an area in England that was once heavily wooded. It is mainly in Warwickshire, although parts of the forest are also found in Staffordshire and Worcestershire. It was named ‘the forest of Arden’ in the 15th century and is now home to a number of towns and villages.
The name ‘arden’ is believed to be derived from an ancient British word for “highland”. This is a largely Celtic word and, in its broader sense, referred to a type of high land, but also to the land that a person would go to find solitude and a place of great beauty.
It is not clear how or when the name was first given, but there is some evidence that the area was a densely forested and often remote place. A few hill forts, Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlements, and a wayside cross still survive in the arden area.
Some of the most famous people to have ancestors from the arden include: William Shakespeare, Robert Catesby and Henry VIII (who fought at Balsall, Lapworth and Knowle in the Wars of the Roses). Many important engagements in the English Civil War occurred in the Arden area.
The arden is a large and beautiful area of woodland in England with a lot to offer the tourist. It is a popular destination for those who are looking to relax and unwind.
One of the most popular ways to explore the arden is by taking part in the Arden Way, which is a waymarked UK National Trail that is over 40 miles long. It is a scenic walk through rural areas of the arden, passing by a variety of picturesque villages and landmarks.
Another way to see the arden is by visiting one of the many museums and galleries. The museum and art gallery in Henley-in-Arden, for example, is a fascinating place to explore and learn about the history of the area.
Some of the other museums in the arden include: The Shakespeare Birthplace Museum, where you can see a large collection of Shakespeare memorabilia; The Warwickshire Heritage Centre, which is dedicated to telling the history of the area; and the Cotswolds Museum and Gardens, which has an impressive collection of paintings and artifacts from the area.
There are a number of towns and villages in the arden, such as Henley-in-Arden, Tanworth-in-Arden and Hampton-in-Arden. Some of these places are well known, such as Henley-in-Arden which is famous for its sandstone buildings.
The Arden Sandstone is a very distinctive triassic white heterolithic sandstone that has a very distinct red hue to it. It is quarried from the arden area and used to build many local buildings.