Whether you like your parks lush and spacious or packed with things to do, Gloucestershire is home to an abundance of picture-perfect public parks.
SoGlos is celebrating some of the county’s best green spaces by rounding up 10 of our favourites, perfect for family days out, romantic strolls or picnics with friends.
Situated in the heart of the Forest of Dean, Beechenhurst Lodge boasts the perfect place to start an adventure, with access to the famous Sculpture Trail, adventure play areas, a café and restaurant and much more, making for a great day out with the kids.
Boasting a wide variety of habitats and plants, magnificent views over the Severn Vale and plenty of long walking trails, Crickley Hill Country Park is a popular choice amongst nature-lovers, with little ones enjoying its visitor centre and picnic area too.
Renowned as one of Cheltenham’s best-loved parks for families, Pittville Park offers a beautiful lake for boat rides, fishing and feeding the ducks, and boasts a skate park, golf course, children’s play area and aviary where little ones can see the bunnies and birds.
Situated just a stone’s throw away from Stroud town centre, Stratford Park offers a huge range of facilities to suit all ages, with tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a lake, a woodland area and a miniature railway.
Long, beautiful walks, nature trails, a traditional orchard and an abundance of wildlife can be found at Gloucester’s Robinswood Hill Country Park, providing the perfect place to catch some breath-taking views, with the chance to spot some foxes, badgers and rare birds.
Just a short stroll from the centre of Cheltenham’s High Street, Sandford Park offers a breath of fresh air in the middle of the town, with picturesque lunch-spots, beautiful flower-beds, a large play area for little ones, as well as a place to cool off at Sandford Park's Lido.
Offering something for visitors of all ages, St Michael’s Park in Cirencester includes an adventure playground for the kids, tennis courts and mini golf for sports enthusiasts and barbecue facilities for sunny days.
Encompassing tranquil woodland, Woodchester Park is renowned for its stunning lakes, secluded valley and hidden landscapes, providing visitors with a place to truly get lost in nature. Plus, if you’re taking the family, try your hand at den building or wild art for fun activities in the great outdoors.
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the town centre, Montpellier Gardens in Cheltenham is often used to host festivals, funfairs and annual events throughout the year. A popular destination for youngsters and adults alike, the park also boasts a children’s playground, skate park, tennis courts and a large field space.
Located on the Bathurst Estate but open to the public free of charge, Cirencester Park offers a beautiful spot for exploring on foot or horseback, with dogs permitted in certain areas, while there’s also plenty of green space to enjoy a picnic.
Have we missed off your favourite Gloucestershire Park? Share your top choice with SoGlos readers by leaving a comment below.
By Alice Lloyd
Tuesday 17 April 2018
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