GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Gloucestershire Walks

The attractive county of Gloucestershire includes part of the Cotswold Hills, the valley of theRiver Severn, and the entireForest of Dean. It's also close to the popular city of Bristol where there's lovely trails through the Avon Gorge and along the River Severn.

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In the spring walkers flock to the beautiful bluebell woods in Gloucestershire. Click the 'Woodland' button below to see these.

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Badminton House and Estate5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a walk through the Duke of Beaufort's estate on this easy circular walk in the Cotswolds. The walk starts in Great Badminton and heads to Little Badminton through Badminton Park. In the park there are two large ponds, several deer, attractive parkland and the 17th century Badminton House. At Little Badminton you will pass the pretty Dovecote before heading into the surrounding countryside. You'll pass along the woodland of the Seven Mile Plantation before returning to Great Badminton via a countryside bridleway and a short woodland section. The area is best known for the annualBadminton Horse Trialsheld here since 1949. The game of Badminton was also invented in the house in 1863. View Full Details>>
Barrington Park4 miles (7 km)This circular walk takes you around the delightful Barrington deer park in the Great Barrington area of the Cotswolds View Full Details>>
Batsford Arboretum1 miles (2 km)This beautiful arboretumandbotanical garden near Moreton-in-Marsh is perfect for a peaceful afternoon stroll. There are 56 acres to explore on a series of good footpaths with woodland consisting of Japanese maples, magnolias and pines. It's a special collection with many rare trees and plants, particularly from the Far East. There are over 2,850 specimens including Bamboo, Acer and Pinus, all with helpful labels. There is also a lovely wildflower meadow which attracts a variety of insects, butterflies and birds. Other highlights include the Japanese bridge, streams, a number of statues and a lake. View Full Details>>
Bibury-River Coln-Arlington Row6 miles (10 km)This walk takes you around the delightful village of Bibury and the surrounding countryside View Full Details>>
Blaise Castle2 miles (4 km)Explore the delightful Blaise Castle Estate in Bristol, on this circular walk through the 650 acre country park View Full Details>>
Bourton on the Water3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a walk through this lovely village known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. The High Street is particularly picturesque with the River Windrush running through it with several pretty little stone bridges crossing. This walk makes use of the North Cotswold Diamond Way and the Oxfordshire Way to take you through the countryside to the nearby fishing lakes. You could also extend your walk by following the Windrush Way west along the river. View Full Details>>
Bristol and Bath Railway Path16 miles (26 km)This lovely cycle or walk takes you along a disused railway line with its series of charming stations. Starting in the historic city of Bristol you will pass through Staple Hill, Mangotsfield and then Warmley where the station platform contains a cafe - perfect for a stop for refreshments. View Full Details>>
Bristol Circular River Walk5 miles (8 km)This circular walk in Bristol visits some of the highlights of the city, including Temple Church, Castle Park, the SS Great Britain, Britol's Floating Harbour, Cabot Tower and Bristol Cathedral. It's about a 5 mile walk with lots of nice long, waterside stretches along the River Avon to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Bristol Triangular City Walk18 miles (29 km)This walk takes you on a tour of this fascinating and historical city, visiting several famous landmarks on the way. It was devised by the Bristol Ramblers and offers wonderful views of the city exploring the Waterfront, Durdham and Clifton Downs, Avon Gorge and Blaise Castle Estate. View Full Details>>
Cam Peak Dursley4 miles (6 km)Enjoy a circular walk across Cam Long Down to Cam Peak on this lovely walk in Dursley. The down is on a splendid section of the Cotswold Escarpment with marvellous views, wildflower rich limestone grassland and attractive woodland. View Full Details>>
Cannop Ponds1 miles (2 km)These two large ponds in the Forest of Dean are a lovely spot for an easy afternoon stroll. It's a nice gentle walk of just over a mile on good footpaths with lovely scenery and wildlife to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Chalford and the Toadsmoor Valley7 miles (11 km)Enjoy a walk along the Thames and Severn Canal before exploring the woodland of the Toadsmoor Valley on this walk from Chalford. There's nice views of the River Frome and interesting old mills to see in the area. View Full Details>>
Chedworth Roman Villa4 miles (7 km)This circular walk around the village of Chedworth visits the fascinating Chedworth Roman Villaand Chedworth Woods. View Full Details>>
Cheltenham Circular Footpath25 miles (40 km)Devised by Cheltenham Borough Council this way marked circular walk around Cheltenham gives wonderful views of the Cotswolds escarpment View Full Details>>
Chipping Campden to Dover's Hill3 miles (5 km)This walk climbs to Dover's Hill from the lovely market town of Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds. You start off in the centre of Chipping Campden with its wonderful limestone terraced main street which dates from the 14th century to the 17th century. The 17th century market hall arches are a particularly iconic Cotswolds piece of architecture. View Full Details>>
Cirencester Park9 miles (14 km)Explore 3000 acresof parkland and woodland on this walk in Cirencester. This extensive park has miles of woodland trails, a large lake and a deer park. You can walk along the wonderful tree lined Broad Ride and visit the 19th century Polo-ground - the oldest in Great Britain. There are also great views into the surrounding Cotswolds countryside. The park entrance is located on the western side of the town centre so is easy to reach. View Full Details>>
Claude Duval Bridleroute63 miles (102 km)This shared walking and cycle path runs from Quainton, near Aylesbury in Oxfordshire to Great Barrington in the Cotswolds. View Full Details>>
Cleeve Hill Circular5 miles (8 km)Climb the highest point in the Cotswolds on this splendid circular walk. The walk makes use of the Cotswold Way so is well defined and way-marked. It begins at the car park at the southern end of Cleeve Common before crossing the common and climbing up to the peak of Cleeve Hill which stands at 1,083ft (330m). From here there are marvellous views: to the west, overCheltenhamand theracecourse, over theRiver Severnand intoWales, and to the north overWinchcombe. View Full Details>>
Coaley Peak2 miles (4 km)This walk takes you to the Coaley Peak viewpoint from the village of Uley in the Cotswolds. The walk uses part of the Cotswold Way National Trail to take you through Coaley Wood to the viewpoint. At the peak there is a display showing all the landmarks you can see in the area. View Full Details>>
Coleford Milkwall and Parkend railway path3 miles (5 km)This short cycling and walking path follows the disused Coleford Milkwall and Parkend railway from Coleford to Parkend. You will head into the peaceful Forest of Dean passing Milkwall station and the disused Darkhill Ironworks on the way. The route links with National Cycle route 42 with more details on the Forest of Dean Family Route. View Full Details>>
Community Forest Path45 miles (72 km)This is a varied and interesting circular walk taking you on a tour of the countryside, villages and historic estates around Bristol. View Full Details>>
Cotswold Canals41 miles (66 km)Follow a series of delightful waterways from Framilode to Lechlade on this waterside walk through Gloucestershire. View Full Details>>
Cotswold Country Park6 miles (9 km)This country park is located in the Cotswolds Water Park at Ashton Keynes on the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire border View Full Details>>
Cotswold Round217 miles (349 km)Travel through some of the most beautiful countryside and prettiest villages in England on this circular walk View Full Details>>
Cotswold Water Park10 miles (16.5 km)This fabulous attraction has numerous waterside cycling and walking paths taking you around the park's 150 lakes. There are 40 square miles to explore within the water park but with the Thames Path National Trail and National Cycle Network route 45 running through the park there is great scope for continuing your exercise along these trails (bike hire is available in the park). There is a wide variety of wildlife to see too - look out for otters, water voles and beavers. View Full Details>>
Cotswold Way Circular Walk - Chipping Campden10 miles (16.5 km)This splendid circular walk uses the Cotswold Way and the Donnington Way to explore the countryside and landmarks surrounding the Cotswold villages of Chipping Campden and Broadway. It's a great one to try if you are staying in either of these villages as it uses well maintained waymarked footpaths to take you to such highlights as Broadway Tower Country Park and Dover's Hill. The route runs for just over 10 miles taking you through some beautiful Gloucestershire and Worcestershire countryside. View Full Details>>
Cranham Woods3 miles (5.5 km)This circular woodland walk in the Cotswolds visits Cranham Woods, Buckholt Wood and Cooper's Hill. These large peaceful woods have miles of walking trails through attractive Beech woodland. Cyclists can try a series of downhill mountain bike trails. View Full Details>>
Crickley Hill Country Park3 miles (5.3 km) A short circular walk around Crickley Hill country park near Birdlip in Gloucestershire. The park is set in 143 acres of countryside within the Cotswolds AONB and includes Limestone Grassland, Beech Woodlands and panoramic views of this beautiful area. The park also overlooks the Severn Vale, with fabulous views of the Cotswolds Hills, the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains beyond. View Full Details>>
Daffodil Way9 miles (14 km)Explore the pretty countryside, orchards and woodland surrounding the village of Dymock on this circular walk in theForest of Dean. The trail runs for about 9 miles through Dymock Woods and Kempley Green with lots of wild Daffodils to look out for in early spring. Also look out for bluebells and butterflies in the section through Dymock Woods. View Full Details>>
Devil's Pulpit3 miles (5 km)Climb to this wonderful viewpoint and enjoy views over the Wye Valley AONB on this circular walk in the Forest of Dean. View Full Details>>
Donnington Way62 miles (99 km)Visit the 15 pubs of the Donnington Brewery on this super walk through the Cotswolds View Full Details>>
Dowdeswell Reservoir1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a stroll through Dowdeswell Wood to Dowdeswell Reservoir on this walk near Cheltenham. It's a pleasant area for a walk with footpaths leading through the woods and along the water. The area is also a nature reserve with lots of wildlife to look out for in the woods and on the reservoir. Keep your eyes peeled for wildfowl such as Moorhen,Coot,Mallard, Little GrebeandGreat Crested Grebe. There's lots of interesting plants to see in the woods including Bluebell,Ramsoms (wild garlic),Common Spotted Orchid,Pyramidal OrchidandCowslip.Roe and Muntjac deer are also visitors to the wood. View Full Details>>
Dymock Woods2 miles (2.5 km)These pretty woods in the Forest of Dean have miles of peaceful trails to follow. You can park at the medium sized Queens Wood car park to start your walk. It's located just to the south of Kempley. From here you can pick up several different trails, heading west into Queen's Wood in the Dymock Forest. Heading east takes you into Dymcock Wood. View Full Details>>
Dyrham Park2 miles (3.5 km)A circular walk through this lovely 270 acre deer park near Bath. There are magnificent views of the surrounding Gloucestershire countryside to enjoy as you tour the beautifully laid out park and gardens. The West Garden has tranquil ponds and a wild flower orchard while the 17th-century mansion has grand interiors and superb art collection including Dutch art and ceramics. View Full Details>>
Ebrington and the Foxcote Estate4 miles (6.5 km)This circular walk takes you around some beautiful countryside on the Gloucestershire/Warwickshire border in the Cotswolds AONB. It's a fairly easy walk, running for about 4 miles on good footpaths marked with yellow and blue arrows. View Full Details>>
Forest of Dean Family Route9 miles (14.22 km)Family Cycle ride around the Forest of Dean: View Full Details>>
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail2 miles (3.5 km)This delightful walking trail takes you to a unique collection of high-quality, contemporary sculptures, within the Forest of Dean. Highlights include include Kevin Atherton's 15 foot by 10 foot stained glassed window 'Cathedral' which hangs high in the canopy over the heads of walkers and Neville Gabie's 'Raw', a giant cube assembled from the entire mass of an oak tree. View Full Details>>
Frome Valley Walkway18 miles (29 km)This pleasant and fairly easy walk takes you from Eastville Park on the outskirts of Bristol to the village of Old Sodbury along the River Frome. View Full Details>>
Geopark Way111 miles (179 km)Meandering its way for 109 miles through the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark from Bridgnorth to Gloucester, the Geopark Way passes through stunning countryside as it explores 700 million years of geological history. The trail offers varied walking alongside rivers, through forests, along ridges and across valley floors; all with majestic views to match. Passing through an assortment of habitats there is a plethora of wildlife adding to the occasion. Quaint villages and towns dot the route bringing further elements of exploration and enchantment. View Full Details>>
Glevum Way24 miles (39 km)This circular walk takes you through the suburbs, countryside and villages around the city of Gloucester. View Full Details>>
Gloucester and Sharpness Canal16 miles (26 km)Enjoy cycling and walking along the towpath of this lovely canal in Gloucestershire. The whole of the route is suitable for walkers while cyclists can enjoy several sections as well. National Route 41 of the National Cycle Networkruns along the canal from Gloucester Docks to the outskirts of the city. There's also another section from Frampton on Severn to Shepherd's Patch. View Full Details>>
Gloucestershire Way94 miles (151 km)Travel from Chepstow in Wales to Tewkesbury in Gloucestshire and visit the Forest of Dean, the Severn Plain and the Cotswolds on this beautiful and varied walk. View Full Details>>
Guiting Power and Temple Guiting3 miles (5 km)This easy walk visits these two idyllic Cotswolds villages. It follows the North Cotswold Diamond Way through the countrsyide from Guiting Power to the nearby Temple Guiting. There's waterside paths along the Guiting Stream and a woodland section through Castlett Wood to enjoy. Both villages are also delightful. In Guiting Power there is a pretty village green and a Norman doorway to the church. View Full Details>>
Gustav Holst Way34 miles (55 km)Follow the Gustav Holst Way through the Cotswolds from Cranham to Wyck Rissington and enjoy the scenery and villages enjoyed by the composer. View Full Details>>
Haresfield Beacon5 miles (7.5 km)Enjoy woodland trails and wonderful views over the Severn Vale and the Cotswolds on this circular walk near Stroud. There are miles of walking and cycling trails on which to explore the large estate. On the way you will pass wildflower meadows, an Iron Age hill fort and the Bronze Age Long Barrow of Haresfield Beacon. View Full Details>>
Heart of England Way101 miles (163 km)Follow the Heart of England Way through the Midlands of England. The walk starts from Milford Common on Cannock Chase and heads through Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire before finisihing at Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds. View Full Details>>
Hidcote Manor Garden2 miles (2.5 km)Explore these stunning National Trust owned gardens on this short walk in the Cotswolds. The gardens were created by American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston and contain a number of beautifully designed outdoor 'rooms'. Highlights include the kitchen garden, plant house, herbaceous borders and the orchard. There are also a number of peaceful footpaths to follow to the various secret gardens. View Full Details>>
Highnam Court1 miles (1.2 km)Enjoy a stroll through Highnam Park and Highnam Court gardens on this short walk in Gloucester. Highlights include the 19th century Pulhamitewinter garden with rock gardens, waterfalls,evergreens and ferns. There is also an orangery, a kitchen garden, a number of ornate statues and a formal flower garden. The footpaths are well laid out and include a great surfaced path alongside the lake with views to the 17th century grade I listedcountry house. Look out for a series of attractive wooden sculptures as you make your way through the park. The gardens are only open at selected times and for private visits by request. Please see the link below for more details. View Full Details>>
Highnam Woods1 miles (2 km)Follow the 2km nature trail through this pretty RSPB reserve near Gloucester. There are nice woodland paths where you can look out for a variety of bird species including theLesser Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit, Nightingale, Song Thrush, and Spotted Flycatchers. Also look out for woodland butterflies such as white admirals and white-letter hairstreaks. View Full Details>>
Jubilee Way16 miles (26 km)Follow the Jubilee Way from Old Sodbury to the Severn Bridge on this delightful walk. View Full Details>>
Lechlade River Circular Walk5 miles (7.5 km)This lovely circular walk takes you along the River Thames and through the countryside surrounding this pretty town in Gloucestershire. You'll visit the nearby villages of Inglesham and Buscot and enjoy nice views of the surrounding Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire countryside. View Full Details>>
Leckhampton Hill4 miles (6 km)This circular walk takes you along a particularly beautiful section of the Cotswold Way National Trail visiting Leckhampton Hill and Hartley Hill. The walk starts at a parking area next to the A435 about three miles south of the centre of Cheltenham. From here you can pick up the Cotswold Way and follow the track to Charlton Kings Common and Hartley Hill. You cross the hill to to the Devil’s Chimney, an iconic Cotswold landmark. This unusuallimestonerock formationstands above a disusedquarryinLeckhampton. It's a picturesque spot with fabulous countryside views providing a wonderful backdrop to the chimney. The area of Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common is a biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Key Wildlife Site. Look out for a variety of interesting flora and fauna such as meadow pipitandgrasshopper warbler. Rare plants includefly orchid,musk orchidand purplemilk-vetch. View Full Details>>
Leigh Woods2 miles (3 km)Enjoy cycling and walking trails in this forest and nature reserve in Bristol. The reserve is located in the beautiful Avon Gorge and is a popular retreat from the city. You can enjoy oak, small leaf lime and ash forest with carpets of bluebells in the springtime. Along the way you can enjoy sculpture trails, views of the River Avon and the Clifton Suspension Bridge and a variety of wildlife. Look out for bullfinch, marsh tit, song thrush and Peregrine falcon as you make your way through the woods. The area is managed by the National Trust so the trails are well maintained. View Full Details>>
Limestone Link36 miles (58 km)Starting at Cold Ashton in St Catherine's Valley, Gloucestershire follow the Limestone Link from the Cotswolds to the Mendip Hills in Somerset. View Full Details>>
Lydney Harbour4 miles (6 km)Enjoy a walk along the Lydney Canal and Lydney Harbour on this delightful waterside stroll in Gloucestershire. There's nice views over the River Severn towards Sharpness on the opposite side and the two Severn Bridges further down. It's an idyllic spot with well marked footpaths and lots of birdlife to look out for on the water. View Full Details>>
Macmillan Way290 miles (467 km)This long distance path links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. It is promoted to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief.
The route starts from Boston and then runs across the Fens to Bourne before joining the limestone belt. You then head to Stamford and then along the shoreline of Rutland Water to Oakham. The trail then heads south and west via Warmington to Stow-on-the-Wold, then into the Cotswolds via Cirencester and Tetbury to Bradford-on-Avon. After leaving the Cotswolds you follow the path through Somerset passing Castle Cary before entering Dorset and the final section to Abbotsbury via Sherborne. View Full Details>>
Mallards Pike Lake1 miles (1 km)Enjoy an easy stroll around this pretty lake in the Forest of Dean. There's a well surfaced trail running around the lake which is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There's also a car park at the southern end of the lake and a nice picnic area. Trails head off into the surrounding woodland towards Staple-Edge Wood and Blakeney Walk Woods. View Full Details>>
Mary Michael Pilgrims Way275 miles (443 km)This route begins on the Cornish coast, near Land's end, and passes through Cornwall, Devon and Gloucestershire to finish at Glastonbury. However, the vision is to extend the route to the Norfolk coast in the near future. View Full Details>>
May Hill1 miles (2 km)Climb this hill on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border for wonderful views over the two counties, the Forest of Dean and the River Severn. On a clear day you can also see the Cotswolds and the Black Mountains in Wales. View Full Details>>
Minchinhampton Common2 miles (4 km)This large area of common land near Nailsworth is criss-crossed with miles of nice footpaths. The common is also in an elevated position so there are great views of the surrounding Cotswold hills, countryside and villages. You'll reach a height of well over 600ft on the edge of the Cotswold Escarpment. On a clear day you can even see across the Severn Vale into Wales. It's also great for flora and fauna with skylarks and various orchidsto look out for. View Full Details>>
Misarden Park2 miles (2.5 km)This delightful circular walk in the Cotswolds visits the pretty village of Miserden and explores Misarden Park with its pretty lake and woodland trails. View Full Details>>
Monarch's Way615 miles (990 km)This incredible 615-mile walk approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester. View Full Details>>
Moreton-in-Marsh Circular Walk7 miles (11 km)This circular walk from Moreton-in-Marsh makes use of the Monarch's Way and the Heart of England Way to explore the countryside, villages and woodland surrounding the popular Cotswolds town. Moreton-in-Marsh is a good base for exploring the Cotswolds with a train station and lots of good hotels to choose from. It's also very close to two major Cotswolds attractions. This includes the magnificent Sezincote House and Batsford Arboretum which are both on this route. View Full Details>>
Newark Park3 miles (5 km)Explore the 700 acre estate of this Grade I listed building in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire. In the park you will pass lakes, a walled garden and a woodland area. Also look out for the many resident deer and peacocks. View Full Details>>
North Cotswold Diamond Way65 miles (105 km)This diamond shaped walk was created by the RA's North Cotswold Group to celebrate the 60th Jubilee in 1995 View Full Details>>
Northleach4 miles (6 km)Enjoy a circular walk around the market town of Northleach. The interesting town has a 14th century church and is home to the Old Prison museum and visitor centre, also called Escape to the Cotswolds. The route makes use of the North Cotswold Diamond Way and the Monarch's Way to explore the countryside around the town and visit the neighbouring village of Farmington. View Full Details>>
Painswick Beacon3 miles (5 km)Visit the delightful Cotswolds village of Painswick and climb the nearby Painswick Hill on this walk near Stroud. View Full Details>>
Palladian Way118 miles (190 km)Walk from Buckingham to Bath through the beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire on this trail named after Andre Palladio's Italian architecture. View Full Details>>
Pittville Park1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a short waterside walk or cycle around this pretty park in Cheltenham View Full Details>>
Prinknash Abbey Park1 miles (1.5 km)This delightful bird park in the Cotswolds has nice walking trails taking you around a series of pretty ponds and woodland View Full Details>>
Purton Hulks2 miles (3.5 km)This walk visits the abandoned boats and ships on the banks of the River Severn at the village of Purton in Gloucestershire. The boats weredeliberately beached beside theriver to reinforce the river banks between 1909 and 1965. The proximity of the canal to the river meant that athighspring tidethey were separated by little more than the width of the towpath. The vessels included steel barges,Severn trowsandconcrete ships which were towed from the dock atSharpnessand released to be carried up the bank on the tide. View Full Details>>
River Avon Trail25 miles (40 km)Travel along the River Avon from Pill to Bath via Bristol on this delightful trail View Full Details>>
Robinswood Hill Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)Robinswood Hill country park is located in Gloucester, just to the south of the city centre View Full Details>>
Rococo Gardens1 miles (1 km)Enjoy a short stroll around these beautiful gardens in Painswick in the Cotswolds. There are woodland trails, a maze,several attractive follies and gardens with a variety of flowers. There is also a wildflower meadow with various types of orchid, a Kitchen Garden and great views of the surrounding Cotswolds countryside. View Full Details>>
Rodborough Common2 miles (3 km)Enjoy splendid views over the Severn Vale from this lovely open space near Stroud. The common covers nearly 300 acres and is criss crossed with miles of nice footpaths. There is a car park towards the eastern side of the common with direct access to the well surfaced paths. View Full Details>>
Ross Round18 miles (29 km)This delightful circular walk takes you through the Herefordshire countryside around Ross-on-Wye. View Full Details>>
Sabrina Way203 miles (327 km)This route is part of the National Bridleroute Network and primarily designed for horse riders but can be used by walkers and cyclists also. The trail starts at the deer park at Great Barrington and heads north to Hartington. The route passes through the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills, the Wyre Forest and Cannock Chase Forest, before finishing in the Derbyshire Peak District. For cyclists a mountain bike or hybrid is advised. View Full Details>>
Samaritans Way South West103 miles (166 km)Starting at Bristol follow the Samaritans Way to Lynton, in Devon, and visit the Avon Gorge, the Chew Valley, the Cheddar Gorge, the Mendips, the Quantock Hills and the Brendon Hills. The walk also takes you through the beautiful Exmoor National Park where you will visit the lovely Doone Valley. Here you can try our lovely Lorna Doone Walk which visits some of the sites connected to Richard Dodderidge Blackmore's 1869 novel 'Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor'. View Full Details>>
Sapperton Circular Walk9 miles (14.5 km)The Cotswolds village of Sapperton has some good trails to follow through the extensive local woodland and attractive Cotswolds countryside. This walk visits the Sapperton Canal Tunnel where there are footpaths along the well known local structure. There's also nice waterside walking along the canal and rivers which run through the area. View Full Details>>
Selsley Common2 miles (3 km)This large open area near Stroud has miles of footpaths and wonderful panoramic views over the Cotswolds. It covers 97 acres and consists of wide open grassland with a variety of rare flora and fauna. Look out for wildflowers and orchids including the Green-winged Orchidand Fragrant Orchid. Butterflies such as Small Blue,Graylingandthe Duke of Burgundy Fritillary fly around the flowers in the summer months. View Full Details>>
Severn Way224 miles (360 km)Follow the River Severn from its source at Plynlimon in Powys, to Bristol, the mouth of the river. You start the walk at Plynlimon in upland Mid Wales, before descending into Llanidloes, Newtown, Powys, and Welshpool. The route then follows the towpath of the Montgomery Canal passing The Wrekin and continuing on through Shrewsbury, the Severn Gorge, and the historic town of Ironbridge. You then cross into Worcestershire passing Bewdley, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcester and Upton-upon-Severn in the Malvern Hills. The next section passes through Gloucestershire and includes a section along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal which takes you past the fascinating abandoned ships at Purton Hulks. You'll also visit Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Berkeley Castle and on to the Severn Estuary and the mouth of the Severn. The final section takes you from Severn beach to Bristol via Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton and through the Avon Gorge. View Full Details>>
Sezincote House3 miles (5 km)This walk takes you to the extraordinary Mogul Indian palace of Sezincote House near Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds. The walk starts in the pretty village of Bourton-on-the-Hill and follows the Heart of England Way through the countryside to the nearby Sezincote Estate. The gardens are stunning with a curving orangery, spring-fed pools, canals and a large lake. There are also fascinating ornaments and statues including an Indian style pavilion, a temple to Surya the sun god and a snake coiled around a column in the Snake Pond. The house was built in 1805 by the grandsons of the diarist Samuel Pepys. The Prince Regent visited in 1807 and change his plans for the Royal Pavilion in Brighton after seeing Sezincote. The architect John Nash then designed the Royal Pavilion in a similar Indian style. View Full Details>>
Shakespeare's Avon Way92 miles (148 km)This terrific waterside walk follows the River Avon from its source near Naseby to its confluence with the Severn at Tewkesbury. View Full Details>>
Sherborne Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy a short circular walk around this National Trust owned estate near Cheltenham. The walk takes you through attractive woodland, farmland, and the delightful little village of Sherborne. View Full Details>>
Slad Valley4 miles (6 km)This circular walk explores the area surrounding the Gloucestershire village of Slad near Stroud. The Slad Valley is famous for its associations with the authorLaurie Lee, who based his book'Cider with Rosie'on his own life in the village. It's a beautiful area of the Cotswolds and well worth exploring with a copy of the book under your arm! View Full Details>>
Slimbridge Wetland Centre1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a stroll around this super nature reserve between Bristol and Gloucester. There are 120 acres to explore on good footpaths and boardwalks which pass over the lakes. The reserve boasts the largest collection of amphibians in the UK and the splendid Flamingo lagoon with theUK’s largest flock of flamingos. You can view the birds from a fantasic sunken observatory. View Full Details>>
Snowshill4 miles (6 km)This circular walk around the village of Snowshill makes use of the Cotswold Way long distance footpath to explore the surrounding countryside. The village is delightful with typical Cotswold cottages surrounded by lovely rolling hills. It also contains the wonderful Snowshill Manor, owned by the National Trust. This 16th century manor house contains an extensive collection of various objects collated bythe architect and poet Charles Paget Wade. These include 26 suits ofJapanesesamuraiarmour, bicycles,toys andmusical instruments. You can also stroll around the delightful gardens with pretty terraces and ponds. View Full Details>>
Source of the Thames3 miles (5.5 km)This walk takes you from the village of Kemble to the source of the River Thames at Thames Head, in Gloucestershire. The walk starts from the train station in the village. You can catch a train direct from London Paddington, Cheltenhamor Gloucester. Head east from the station and you will soon come to the Thames Path National Trail. It's about a 1.5 mile walk north along the path to Thames Head. Here you will find a monument with an inscription to mark the source of the river. A nearby basin of stones marks the spring, although there is usually only water present during a wet winter. You can return to the village on the same path and then visit the interesting village church. It contains aNormandoor and a tower dating from 1250, to which a spire was added in 1450. View Full Details>>
Standish Wood2 miles (3 km)Enjoy peaceful woodland trails in this large area of woodland near Whiteshill, Stroud. In the springtime there are carpets of bluebells to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Stinchcombe Hill1 miles (2 km)This walk climbs to the lovely viewpoint at Stinchcombe Hill in the Cotswolds. The hill is located just to the west of Dursley so you could start your walk from there and follow the Cotswold Way to the hill. This circular walk, however, starts from the car park about half a mile east of the hill. You follow the Cotswold Way to the hill summit where you will find a topograph displaying all the landmarks you can see from the peak. It's a lovely view with the Tyndale Monument and the village of North Nibley visible across the attractive countryside and woodland below. You can also see the Vale of theRiver SevernandForest of Deanfrom the 219 metres (719ft) Drakestone Point. View Full Details>>
Stow on the Wold5 miles (8 km)The picturesque Cotswolds town of Stow-on-the-Wold has a number of popular long distance trails running through it. You can use these to make a nice circular walk visiting the surrounding countryside and villages. View Full Details>>
Stroud5 miles (8 km)The market town of Stroud has several long distance walking trails running through it and a number of woods, parks and hill climbs to try. As such it's a fantastic place for walkers and makes a great base for exploring this lovely area of the Cotswolds. View Full Details>>
Stroud Valleys Trail6 miles (9 km)This route runs from Stonehouse to Nailsworth following a disused railway line. The route is traffic free with splendid views of the Cotswolds and makes for a pleasant afternoon's cycling or walking particularly for families. Click here for more information on this route. View Full Details>>
Symonds Yat Rock2 miles (4 km)Enjoy wonderful views over the Wye Valley from this well know viewpoint on the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire border. From the elevated position you have a great view of the beautiful wooded gorge below. It's also a popular spot for birdwatching with peregrine falcons,buzzards,goshawksandhobbies regularly seen. The area is great for walking and cycling with miles of waymarked woodland trails and riverside paths to try. This circular walk starts from the car park and follows good footpaths to the viewpoint. You then continue along the river through the woodland, passing Huntsham Hill on the way. A section along the Perigrine Path then takes you along the River Wye before heading through Riddings Wood to the car park. View Full Details>>
Tetbury10 miles (16 km)The Cotswolds town of Tetbury has a number of lovely waymarked trails running past it. You can pick these up to explore the attractive countryside surrounding the town and to visit some of the local attractions. This walk makes use of the Monarch's Way and the Macmillan Way to visit the wonderful Westonbirt Arboretum, the 16th century Chavenage House and the nearby village of Avening. It's about a 10 mile walk in total with the option of getting the bus back from Avening to Tetbury. View Full Details>>
Tewkesbury11 miles (17 km)This riverside circular walk explore the town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. It's a great place for waterside strolls with the River Avon and River Severn running past the town. View Full Details>>
The Downs Bristol3 miles (4.5 km)This walk explores Clifton Down and Durdham Down next to the Avon Gorge in Bristol. The Bristol Downs are a popular place for walkers and runners with nice footpaths, woodland trails and panoramic views of theAvon Gorgeand theClifton Suspension Bridge. It's a great area for birdwatching with 65 species to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for jays, great tits, song thrush and bullfinch. View Full Details>>
The Slaughters2 miles (3 km)This short walk between these two delightful Cotswolds villages is a favourite for visitors to the region. It follows the pretty River Eye from Lower Slaughter to Upper Slaughter. It's a special place with pretty little riverside cottages, stone footbridges, old watermills and picturesque village greens. Don't miss the wonderful 19th-centurywater millin Lower Slaughter. It has an excellent museum, craft shop and riverside tea room. View Full Details>>
Three Choirs Way100 miles (161 km)Visit the cities of Gloucester, Hereford, and Worcester on this circular walk. The walk has been devised with themes of poetry and music and links with the Three Choirs Music Festival which is held each August alternately at the magnificent cathedrals of the Three Counties (Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester). View Full Details>>
Tintern Abbey6 miles (9.5 km)Visit the fascinating ruins of this 12th century monastery and then explore the surrounding area on this walk on the England-Wales border. This route makes use of the Wye Valley Walk and Offa's Dyke Path to visit local woodlands, countryside and viewpoints. It's a beautiful area with the atmospheric ruins and the river flanked by the attractive woodland of the Forest of Dean. View Full Details>>
Tyndale Monument2 miles (3.5 km)This is a climb to the Tyndale Monument from the popular Cotswolds town of Wotton-under-Edge. It uses a section of the Cotswold Way National Trail to take you from the town to Westridge Woods and then on to the tower. The 19th century monument is an impressive landmark standing at a height of 111 ft (34 m). It was built in honour ofWilliam Tyndale, atranslatorof theNew Testament who was born in the area. From the tower viewpoint there are wonderful views across the Cotswold Hills AONB and into south Wales. You can actually climb the spiral staircaseof 121 steps for even better views! A topographdisplays all the places you can see from the summit. View Full Details>>
Warden's Way14 miles (22 km)Follow the Warden's Way through the beautiful Cotswolds on this delightful walk. View Full Details>>
Westonbirt Arboretum4 miles (6 km)Enjoy a woodland walk through this beautiful Arboretum near Tetbury in the Cotswolds. Here you will find 15,000specimens from all over the world in an area covering about 600acres. It is considered one of the most valued and significant collections of trees in the whole of the United Kingdom. In autumn it is a simply stunning spectacle providing one of the best natural fireworks displays in Britain. In spring you can see rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias in the Old Arboretum and wildflowers, bluebellsandcherry treesin Silk Wood. View Full Details>>
Winchcombe Way42 miles (68 km)This super figure of eight trail takes you on a tour of the stunning northern area of the Cotswolds. View Full Details>>
Windrush Way14 miles (22 km)This lovely walk through the Cotswolds runs from View Full Details>>
Wintour's Leap2 miles (4 km)Climb to this magnificent limestone viewpoint on this walk in the Wye Valley. You can start the walk from the south western end of the village of Woodcroft. Follow woodland trails to the quarry and up to the viewpoint. It's a lovely spot with the limestone cliffs and splendid views down to the river below. The crag is a very popular spot for rock climbers with hundreds of routes with several overhangs on the impressive cliffs. After passing Wintour's Leap you can follow the footpath round the river to Lancaut and the remains of St James' Church, once the centre of a medieval village. It's a lovely spot with the church ruins overlooking the river and a plaque describing the history of the abandoned village. View Full Details>>
Woodchester Park4 miles (6 km)This National Trust owned park in the Cotswolds is the perfect place for a peaceful afternoon stroll. There are miles of easy footpaths taking you through the tranquil wooded valley to the five pretty lakes within the park. The walk also visits the Boat House, built in the early 19th century and the fine Victorian mansion. There's plenty of wildlife in the park too - look out for kingfishers and herons on the ponds and voles and bats in the woodland. View Full Details>>
Wotton-under-Edge5 miles (8 km)A circular walk around this pretty Cotswolds town using the Cotswold Way and other public footpaths. It's a 5 mile walk and should take about 3 hrs to complete. View Full Details>>
Wychavon Way40 miles (64 km)Follow the Wychavon Way through the Worcestershire countryside on this splendid 40 mile walk. View Full Details>>
Wye Valley Walk138 miles (222 km)This walk takes you through the beautiful Wye Valley in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Wales. View Full Details>>
Wysis Way55 miles (88 km)The Wysis Way runs for 55 miles from Monmouth in Wales to Kemble, in Gloucestershire. The way links the Offa's Dyke Path and Thames Path national trails. View Full Details>>

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