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Scowles are a Forest of Dean geological feature. They are the result of millennia of erosion of the limestone that underlies the forest, like a bowl, collecting water which then overflows where the limestone breaks the surface, eroding the limestone and forming scowles. Because of the ironstone strata under the forest, the water was iron-rich and the iron has been deposited over the millennia so the scowles are often also the remains of ancient iron mining, as in Puzzle Wood.
One of the best places to see scowles is in Puzzlewood (link is to their site). It's a commercial site about 11 miles from our holiday cottage. An ideal place to take the children and with lots of adult interest - for several films have been set here in the magical atmosphere of the old wooded scowles.
Unfortunately it's not pet-friendly. Dogs are not allowed. We visited 12th April 209 when the photos were taken.