Walking In Gloucestershire

Walking in Gloucestershire offers great walks and trails for you to try. From short strolls by pools to rambles through woodland to waymarked circular walks, there is a path for everyone.

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Walking in Gloucestershire is the easiest way to enjoy outdoor activities, get closer to nature and leave behind the hustle and bustle of modern everyday life. From wide, grassy tracks to unexplored pathways and leafy tunnels, woods are places where we can relax, unwind and have some fun outdoors.

Walking in Gloucestershire is a great form of exercise, it helps to keep you fit and healthy and is a really easy way to start being more active. Woods are truly magical playgrounds where children can have exciting adventures. After a long stroll in the fresh air with your four-legged friend, it’s nice to sit back and put your feet (or paws) up.

With loads to explore and peaceful spots to enjoy these areas are perfect for family picnics too.

Founded in 1986, the sculpture trail is a partnership between Forestry England and the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust. 

Some of the sculptures are temporary, while others will last for years. They have all been designed to evolve over time as the forest changes around them. Over the years, artists at all stages of their careers have been invited to create artworks for this unique context.

The sculptures on this trail are inspired by the forest – its trees, wildlife and industrial past. The sculptures are mostly constructed from natural material from the Dean – wood, stone and iron. They are interspersed along the trail through majestic oaks and towering Scots pine trees.

There are waymarked shortcuts: Shortcut A (first 6 sculptures) is approx 2.2 miles in length and Shortcut B is 3 miles (first 12 sculptures).

The Monarchs Way is based on the lengthy route taken by King Charles II during his escape after defeat by Cromwell in the final battle of the Civil Wars at Worcester in 1651, when for six weeks the 21-year-old was hotly pursued by Parliamentary troops.

It takes in Boscobel (the Royal Oak Tree), Stratford upon Avon, the Cotswolds, Mendips and the South Coast from Charmouth to Shoreham. There are many historic buildings, features of interest and antiquity, with connections to numerous other long distance ealking routes.

The Three Choirs Way is a long distance footpath route between three Cathedral Cities and county towns; Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester, and between their Cathedrals.

It cements the association the respective choirs of each Cathedral has with each other which is celebrated annually in the Three Choirs Festival. As well as linking the Cathedrals the path also links the two rivers of these three counties, the Severn and the Wye.

The path has a distinctive badge on its waymarkers: a music stave and treble clef, and the motto ‘Blessed is the eye between Severn and Wye’.

Gloucester to Clifford Mesne: 10.4m
Clifford Mesne to Sleaves Oak: 10.4m
Sleaves Oak to Hereford: 10m
Hereford to Ocle Pychard: 9.6m
Ocle Pychard to Stanford Bishop: 10m
Stanford Bishop to Broad Green: 10m
Broad Green to Stanbrook Abbey: 10m
Stanbrook Abbey to British Camp: 10.9m
British Camp to Staunton: 10.4m
Staunton to Gloucester: 8.8m

The Isbourne Way follows the River Isbourne from its source on Cleeve Hill to its confluence with the Warwickshire Avon at Evesham. It passes through Winchcombe, Toddington, Wormington and Sedgeberrow and features woods, open countryside, villages and towns with pubs and shops, and sites of interest such as mills and churches.

A 42 mile figure-of-eight route centred on Winchcombe. The waymarked trail is designed to show walkers the hidden gems of the northern Cotswolds. The landscape is constantly changing and reveals the charm of the Cotswolds. The walking route passes through tranquil villages, secluded countryside, across Cleeve Common, past ancient sites, historic houses and spectacular views.

Whilst walking in Gloucestershire try this 14 mile walk from Winchcombe and heads through the hills via several villages to Bourton on the Water. The walk passes through Naunton, Guiting Power and the Slaughters. This walking route provides a link between the Cotswold Way National Trail and the Oxfordshire Way.

Another 14 mile walk to Bourton on the Water, this time taking to the hills. This hiking route passes through lost medieval villages on its way to the River Windrush.

St Kenelm’s Way is a walk through Worcestershire from the Clent Hills to the Cotswolds. It is based on the legend surrounding the death of the young Saxon prince, the grandson of King Offa, tracing the legendary journey of the young prince’s body from the site of his murder to his burial place at Winchcombe.

A 60 mile trail following field and woodland paths and a stretch of the scenic Worcester – Birmingham canal, the walk undulates past historic villages to the half way stage at Upton Snodsbury and from Wyre Piddle the Avon is followed to historic Pershore.

A Saxon ridgeway over Bredon Hill and the Salt Way climbing above Hailes provide views back to Clent Hills and the descent to St Kenelm’s Well at Winchcombe is an exhilarating finale. 

Stretch your legs and soak up the scenery whilst walking in Gloucestershire. A route along the entire Severn Valley from the source to the sea. Starting on the wild Plynlimon plateau in Mid-Wales, the route takes in Hafren Forest, Llanidloes, Newtown, Welshpool, Shrewsbury and Ironbridge before heading south through Worcester, Tewkesbury and Gloucester to Severn Beach then linking along the Avon into Bristol City Centre.

This 100 mile route starts in Chepstow, meanders through the Forest of Dean before reaching the Cotswolds. Here it forms a loop to Stow on the Wold and Winchcombe on its way to Tewkesbury Abbey. Take the Gloucestershire Way west over Langley Hill to find the Millennium carving of a shepherd with his dog.

The Cotswold Way has teamed up with South Korea’s Jeju Olle Trail to become one of the world’s first ‘friendship trails’. Follow this short walk around Stinchcombe Hill to experience one of the most beautiful meanderings of the Cotswold Way and discover a new world of walking on an island five thousand miles away.

Distance: 3½ miles (hill only route: 3 miles)
Duration: 2 – 2½ hours (hill only: 1 ½ – 2 hours)
Difficulty: Moderate – firm surface, no stiles, one long steep ascent / descent (Hill only: Easy – firm surface, no stiles, mostly level).

A stile free walk that leads you along peaceful woodland tracks and out onto windswept hillsides with breath-taking views. A true jewel in the Cotswolds crown and a perfect day out when walking in Gloucestershire.

Not only is it a stunning route, it is also twinned with an equally beautiful part of the Bruce Trail in Ontario, Canada as a mark of friendship and cooperation between our two trails.

Distance: 6 miles
Duration: 2 ½ -3 ½ hours
Difficulty: Moderate – sstile free with moderate slopes.

The Cotswold Way

Extending from the quintessentially English market town of Chipping Campden to the Roman city of Bath, the 102 mile (164 km) Cotswold Way has existed as a promoted long-distance walk.

You will explore ancient commons in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, pass Neolithic burial barrows, stately homes, gardens, and historic battle sites. The stunning path along the Cotswold escarpment offers ever-changing views to the west towards the River Severn and the Malvern Hills. Thanks to National Trails for content

This delightful short walk leads you through the charmingly English market town of Chipping Campden, around shaded woodlands and past breathtaking views. A wonderful introduction to the Cotswolds, and a perfect start to the Cotswold Way and walking in Gloucestershire.

Distance: 4½ miles (Short cut: 3 miles)
Duration: 2½ -3½ hrs (Short cut: 1½-2½ hrs)
Difficulty: Moderate, some steep sections (short cut: Easy, avoids climbs)

This enchanting walk leads you through the picturesque Cotswold high street of Broadway, along historic tracks and up to the intriguing Broadway Tower with its spectacular views across the Severn Vale into Wales. The perfect chance to taste a little more of all the Cotswolds has to offer.

Distance: 4 miles
Duration: 2½ -3 hrs
Difficulty: Moderate, some steep sections and stiles

This beauty of a walk leads you between two of the most picturesque villages in the Cotswolds, over hilltops, down valleys and through shaded woodlands. Whilst slightly more challenging than others in the series, your efforts will be rewarded by invitingly warm pubs and some of the most splendid views in the country.

Distance: 6 miles (Short cut 2½ miles)
Duration: 3½ – 4½ hrs (Short cut 1½ – 2½ hrs)
Difficulty: Moderate, some steep sections and stiles. Muddy sections after wet weather.

This scenic and interesting little walk takes you from the delightfully unspoilt town of Winchcombe, along Cotswold Way routes old and new, and up to one of the area’s most intriguing ancient monuments. A combination of history and scenery that will leave you eager to discover more of the National Trail and the inspirational landscape through which it runs.

Distance: 5¼ miles (Short cut route 3½ miles)
Duration: 3 – 4 hrs (Short cut 2 – 3 hrs)
Difficulty: Moderate, some steep sections and stiles.

This breathtaking walk leads you over open hilltops, across streams and through woodlands, immersing you in one of the country’s most fascinating and precious habitats – limestone grassland. Over half of this wildflower and butterfly rich natural resource is within the Cotswolds and some of the finest examples are on Cleeve Common. The unsurpassed views along this route therefore, are the perfect backdrop for getting even closer to the outstanding natural beauty of the Cotswold Way.

Distance: 6 miles (Shorter route 4 miles)
Duration: 3½ – 4½ hrs (Shorter: 2 – 3 hrs)
Difficulty: Moderate, no stiles but some steep sections (Shorter: Easy, no stiles and mostly level)

This walk guides you around one of the most beautiful and varied stretches of the Cotswold Way. From rich grassland to peaceful woodlands, from Iron-Age remains to Victorian quarries, this route offers up a taste of the entire Cotswold landscape in 4½ sheltered and windswept miles.

Distance: 4½
Duration: 2½ – 3
Difficulty: Moderate, no stiles but some steep sections.

This beautiful little walk shows you around one of England’s most treasured habitats, beech woodlands, and leads you to the site of perhaps the Cotswolds’ most iconic and intriguing tradition, cheese-rolling.

Follow these four short miles and discover the cathedral-like calm of Buckholt Wood, richly carpeted by bluebells in May, and wonder at the dizzy heights of Cooper’s hill where for hundreds of years the foolhardy have risked their necks for cheese and glory.

Distance: 4 miles
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy. No stiles, but some moderately steep sections.

This extremely popular walk is one of the easiest to follow, winding its way along the National Trail for nearly all of its length. From sheltered beech woodlands and over rich open grassland, it guides you around remnants of an industrial past that shaped the landscape we love today. Wander between the grandeur of Victorian mills alongside the sleepy beauty of the waterway, and discover a timeless journey between past and present that reveals yet another face of the glorious Cotswolds.

Distance: 5 miles
Duration: 3 – 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate – Three stiles, some steep sections.

The incredible variety of the Cotswold Way is once again explored by this stunning little walk. From woodland tracks to open hilltops, it leads you around the intriguing ancient history of Uley Bury to the more recent remains of a pestilent past. Even the few hillside climbs are rewarded by compass-wide views that spread out all around you back into the heart of the Cotswolds and across the Severn Estuary into Wales…

Distance: 4 miles (shorter route: 1½ miles)
Duration: 2½ – 3½ hours (shorter: ¾ – 1½ hours)
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult – Some stiles, steps and steep sections.

As rich farmland gives way to woodland tracks and rolling parkland, this enchanting walk leads you from scarp top to valley bottom, back into one of the Cotswold’s most charming and thriving small towns. With spectacular views, intriguing shops and historic architecture, all tastes will find something wonderful whilst walking in Gloucestershire and in this special little corner of the Cotswolds.

Distance: 5 miles (6½ with detour to Newark Park)
Duration: 3 – 4 hours (4 – 5 hours with detour)
Difficulty: Moderate – Stiles and steep sections.

From the delightful village of Old Sodbury, follow the Cotswold Way up to the serenity of a medieval church, around oak-fringed farmland and along shaded paths to the breath-taking outcrop of an iron-age hillfort. Views, history, peace and rest all combine to make this simple little stroll a wonderful taster of the southern Cotswolds.

Distance: 2½ miles
Duration: 1½ – 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy to moderate – no stiles, steepish slopes.

Discover a true sense of pilgrimage with this wonderful walk into the heart of Bath and the southern end of the Cotswold Way. Follow the trail as it slides from open hill top into historic city, winding its way around open farmland and down bustling alleyways to its crescendo at the majestic splendour of Bath Abbey.

Distance: 6 miles (linear – public transport return)
Duration: 3½ – 4 hours (plus max. ½ hr return)
Difficulty: Moderate – one stile, some steep sections.

Walking Holidays In Gloucestershire

There are 3 areas for walking in Gloucestershire the Severn Vale, Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds. Find a cottage or group accommodation in any of these areas and there are plenty of walks to discover. Walk over the wolds following the Cotswold Way or stroll down country lanes and through the Forest or follow the River Severn down through the county sampling local food and beverages as you go.

Explore the countryside in the south of England with a self-guided walking holiday. The landscapes here range from rocky coastlines and sandy beaches to wild expanses and rolling green hills, offering views to suit every taste. As well as a plethora of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and gorgeous National Parks, this region boasts iconic architecture, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, rare wildlife nature reserves and countless unique insights into the country’s incredible cultural, industrial and territorial history.

Perhaps the most iconic walking areas found in the South of England are the Cotswolds and the South West Coast, and they offer a range of itineraries to help you fully explore these fantastic locations. They also boast a range of other remarkable trails, each with their own unique offerings.

Enjoy magical walking in Gloucestershire with long distance views from the Cotswold escarpment on a journey through picturesque villages, stunning woodlands, pretty pastoral scenery and past famous ancient sites, ending in the World Heritage City of Bath. Explore the Cotswold Way for three days, a week or even longer. Find inspiration for your walking adventure using their suggested itineraries, or select one of their bookable itineraries.

Three-to five-day walking adventures based along sections of the trails that pack in a bit of everything: great hikes plus hands-on experiences, impressive sites, fabulous food and drink and amazing places to stay.

Based in the centre of the Cotswolds they are a local company who pride themselves on a friendly, personable service and an attention to detail that is second to none. Cotswold Walks give you choices. They offer a variety of self-guided and guided walking holidays suitable for all abilities and interests. They specialise in customised walking tours.