Saturday 25 January 2020

11 of the most beautiful walks in Gloucestershire

Discover 11 of the most beautiful walks in Gloucestershire with this hot list. With Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds boasting some of the most spectacular scenery around, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Whether you’re after a gentle stroll through the forest, relaxing amble, or heart-pumping hike, SoGlos has rounded up 11 of the most beautiful walks across the county.

From buggy-friendly to welly-wearing walks, we found all the places for a picture-perfect walk in this hot list.

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The Forest of Dean is a magical place to explore for all ages and during all seasons. Whether you want to wander around the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst, enjoy amazing views at Symonds Yat Rock, or take a stroll around Mallards Pike Lake, the Forest of Dean has so much to offer.

Bursting with colour in the autumn months, beautifully crisp in the winter and offering endless picnic spots in the spring and summer, the Forest of Dean is a fantastic year-round destination.

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1. Beechenhurst

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Covered in a canopy of towering trees, the Sculpture Trail in the Forest of Dean promises a stunning stroll all year round.

Starting from Beechenhurst, walkers can enjoy the famous four-and-a-half-mile trail, looking out for the impressive spectacles along the way.

Meanwhile for children, there’s also the much-loved Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail which is buggy-friendly on a dry day and is perfect for keeping kiddies entertained.

2. Broadway Tower

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Starting off in the picture-perfect village of Broadway, this lovely loop boasts some of the most impressive views over the county and what’s more, there’s a cracking café at the top for a pit stop and bite to eat.

With a choice of distances, the smaller route is four miles and leads walkers up steep hills, over stiles and across gloriously green fields. There’s also the opportunity to take a snap at the Broadway Tower which is the second highest point in the Cotswolds!

3. Symonds Yat Rock

With a host of trails to choose from, Symonds Yat is a great place to start a stroll and spot some impressive wildlife.

Head up high to the ancient hill fort to look out for falcons, grab a bite to eat at the Log Cabin Café or, head down to the river for a gentle stroll along the glorious banks of the River Wye.

4. Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Starting off in the heart of Gloucester Docks, this canal route leads walkers to Sharpness Port and promises plenty of opportunity to spot beautiful birds from Slimbridge Wetland Centre along the way.

Spanning 16 miles in total, keen walkers can take on as much as they like, keeping their eyes peeled for the glorious views of the Severn Estuary, the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean.

5. Bourton-on-the-Water to Lower Slaughter

Arguably one of the jewels of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is great place to start a stunning stroll through the quaint village.

Expect postcard-worthy honey-coloured cottages on this short walk which is approximately one and a half miles long, and which leads through the village green and past the Parish Church.

6. The Cotswold Way

Don your walking boots and head out on a hike across the Cotswold Way. Spanning 100 miles from Chipping Campden to Bath, this beastly walk includes views across some of the most stunning parts of the county.

Covering the highest point in the Cotswolds at Cleeve Hill, pretty Painswick and heading all the way to the spa city of Bath, this is a great walk for those looking to choose their distance and get out in the elements.

7. Mallards Pike Lake

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Breathtakingly beautiful all year round, Mallards Pike offers up two glorious lakes and a looping path to leisurely stroll around.

Particularly special in the autumn, this leafy walk is covered with towering trees and also boasts shady grass areas, which are perfect for a barbeque on warmer days.

8. Minchinhampton & Rodborough Commons

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With spectacular views across the Stroud Valley, Minchinhampton & Rodborough Commons promise plenty of space to roam freely, passing some of the county’s most interesting archaeological sites along the way.

Promising a superb spectacle of wild flowers in the spring, Rodborough Common also offers stunning views of the Severn Vale and is a great place to blow away the cobwebs.

9. Tewkesbury River

Rich in history, Tewkesbury is a great place to trail around battle fields or simply stroll through the town centre, with the impressive Tewkesbury Abbey towering tall as a backdrop.

Take in the view of the Abbey and the Malvern Hills in the distance, while enjoying a stroll through the fields complete with wild flowers and wonderful wildlife.

10. Painswick Beacon

Picking up part of the Cotswold Way, this route takes you up the picturesque Paradise Valley and along to the Painswick Beacon.

Enjoy wrap around views of the Severn Vale and the Forest of Dean and even the Welsh Mountains too!

11. Robinswood Hill

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With 250 acres to explore, Robinswood Hill is the perfect spot to wistfully wander along the marked trails or alternatively, weave through the orchard.

Head up to the summit for fabulous views to the south as well as a chance to see the Malvern Hills, Black Mountains and beyond.

For more information about walking in the Forest of Dean, visit

By Sophie Bird

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Tuesday 03 December 2019

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