11 places to get active outdoors in the Cotswolds

From exhilarating quad biking experiences to more tranquil, self-guided sensory walks, SoGlos has found 11 places to get active outdoors in the glorious Cotswolds.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
Explore the great outdoors in the Cotswolds with SoGloss handpicked activities.
Explore the great outdoors in the Cotswolds with SoGlos’s handpicked activities.
In partnership with Cotswold District Council  |  cotswolds.com

With its gorgeous surrounds, there are limitless outdoor activities to experience in the Cotswolds, whether you’re flying solo or entertaining loved ones.

From testing your motoring skills to taking a self-guided sensory walk to really connect with nature, SoGlos has handpicked 11 open-air activities to experience in the Cotswolds.

1. Outdoor activities at Westonbirt Arboretum

A haven for nature lovers with 2,500 botanical species from all over the world, Westonbirt Arboretum has two self-led sensory walks to help visitors to get outside, be active and connect with the world around them.

Stroll through the vibrant Acer Glade, taking in trees and open grassland; while the second route around Savill Glade is an easy walk that showcases the seasonal changes in the trees. Both are suitable for wheelchair users.

2. Outdoor activities at Wild Carrot

Discover a revolutionary and sustainable new sport at Wild Carrot in Tetbury, seizing the opportunity to glide through the hills or cruise the streets on a Onewheel.

Using effective balancing techniques, visitors will learn how to navigate the one-wheeled, motorised skateboard with the help of an experienced instructor, as they swiftly journey through the 16th century estate at Chavenage House.

3. Outdoor activities at Cotswold Water Park

Whether for sport or leisure, Cotswold Water Park offers outdoor activities and open-water swimming all year round – with 180 lakes, spread over 42 square miles.

Reconnecting people with the great outdoors, the attraction offers everything from canoeing, kayaks and stand-up paddleboarding to land-based activities like archery, raft building and much more.

4. Outdoor activities at Bourton Vale Equestrian

Those who are fanatic about horses can experience scenic rides around the beautiful villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter at Bourton Vale Equestrian.

From complete beginners to advanced riders, budding equestrians will have the opportunity to bond with the horses – which have been spotted on the likes of Countryfile, Britain by Bike and BBC Real Rescues.

5. Outdoor activities at Far Peak Climbing

Brave dizzying heights at Far Peak Climbing in Northleach, challenging yourself to complete the outdoor climbing tower which reaches a whopping 16 metres above the ground.

Or if heights aren’t your thing, wander through the four-acres of lovely Cotswolds woodland just next to the climbing centre, with low ropes courses and great spots to refuel with a picnic.

6. Outdoor activities at Cotswold Driving Experiences

As seen on the BBC, ITV and Don’t Tell the Bride, visitors can put their motoring skills – and their nerve – to the test at Cotswold Driving Experiences in Cirencester.

From adrenaline-pumped rally experiences to vertical descents and axle twisters in 4×4s, there’s something to entertain everyone no matter their ability. Plus, Cotswold Driving Experiences is the only rally school in the UK to also offer the activities to disabled drivers.

7. Outdoor activities at QuadQuest

Thrill-seekers can have an exciting day out at QuadQuest, hopping on a quad bike and taking on the Electric Quad Bike Rambles experience.

With tracks located on the picturesque Notgrove Estate, the activity offers a unique pursuit, immersing riders in an adrenaline-fuelled rush as they whizz through the naturally beautiful Cotswold landscape.

8. Outdoor activities at Cotswold Walks

For a more leisurely outdoor experience, Cotswolds Walks hosts a variety of self-guided and guided walking tours for ramblers of all abilities and interests.

Adventurous walkers can explore the best of the Cotswolds, from beautiful wildflower fields to unique villages and towns, scattered across the glorious county. Plus, there’s the chance to sample fabulous local food along the way.

9. Outdoor activities at Cotswold Electric Bike Tours

Combining the excitement of e-biking with a unique foodie experience, Cotswold Electric Bike Tours offers local excursions with a twist, in partnership with Cotswold artisan producers.

Cycle from location to location and experience a subtly different flavour of the Cotswolds along the way. Enjoy beer tasting and a picnic lunch at the historic Donnington Brewery, or perhaps learn the secrets of brewing craft lager at the Cotswold Brewery – a great day out for all.

10. Outdoor activities at Cirencester Civic Society

History buffs can soak up Cirencester’s rich past by going on one of the Civic Society‘s walking tours, which take place every Saturday and provide a fascinating insight into the town’s 2000-year history.

Plus, each donation helps the Cirencester Civic Society to fund new projects in the town.

11. Outdoor activities at Naunton Downs

Tee off at Naunton Downs Golf Club, an impressive 18-hole course for golfers to hone their skills that’s set in 200 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside.

Designed with the natural features of the landscape in mind, the course provides challenges to suit golfers of all ages and abilities, alongside a variety of competitions and mixed events.

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