GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Gloucestershire Way

94 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.
The recommended stages for the walk are:
Chepstow to Parkend - 13.5 miles
Parkend to May Hill - 14 miles
May Hill to Gloucester - 13 miles
Gloucester to Crickley - 12 miles
Crickley to Salperton - 12 miles
Salperton to Stow on the Wold - 11 miles
Stow to Winchcombe - 13 miles
Winchcombe to Tewkesbury - 11.5 miles
Worcestershire Way Link - 12 miles.
The walk takes place mainly on field and woodland paths and is well waymarked with a yellow disc featuring Gloucester Cathedral.

Gloucestershire Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Gloucestershire Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


One of the must see buildings on the route is Britain's oldest pub at the Porch House in Stow on the Wold. The inn has an interesting history dating all the way back to the 10th century when it was thought to have been a hospice built on on land belonging to Evesham Abbey. The interior has bags of old character with wonky ceilings and a very fine 16th century fireplace. They do excellent food and also provide accommodation if you need to stay over. There's also an outdoor area for finer days. You can find the historic inn on Digbeth Street with a postcode of GL54 1BN for your sat navs. It's also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The route links with other long distance trails including the popular Winchcombe Way, a 40 mile figure of eight trail exploring the Cotswolds.


Oxenton Hill - - 67960

Oxenton Hill. Looking East from the Gloucestershire Way.

Winchcombe, Gloucestershire - - 131962

View east to Winchcombe from the Gloucestershire Way on Langley Hill

Gloucestershire Way Footpath - - 683011

Passing alongside the River Severn at this point with the church of St. Peter to the left.

Cold Aston - - 447450

Cold Aston. Alternatively called Aston Blank. The centre of the village is at this road junction, and contains a typical selection of stone cottages. Having both come from the left, the Macmillan Way heads down this lane, but the Gloucestershire Way keeps going to the right.

Hyde Mill - - 447305

Hyde Mill. The lake is formed by the damming of the River Dikler. It is crossed on a bridge that carries the Macmillan Way, the Gloucestershire Way and a popular local footpath to Lower Slaughter. Therefore this scene is probably photographed many times a day.

Towards Nether-Swell Manor - - 447285

Towards Nether-Swell Manor. The Way descends from Stow towards the extensive buildings of Nether-Swell Manor (Lower Swell being the village on the far side of the river). Paddocks and stables are the main feature of the area.

View west from the Gloucestershire Way - - 447280

Just leaving Stow and its all downhill, clearly showing that Stow on the Wold is on a hill (a wold).

Wide footpath at Claylodge Coppice - - 447433

Wide footpath at Claylodge Coppice. A particularly generous field margin for the footpath here, with Claylodge Coppice on the left. With the Macmillan Way and Gloucestershire Way both being marked long distance routes along here, perhaps they were expecting more people.


GPS Files

GPX File

Gloucestershire Way.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Gloucestershire Way.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)