Boasting huge forests, meandering rivers, dozens of pretty towns and villages, and miles of footpaths, Gloucestershire is the perfect county for anyone who enjoys walking. Take to the trail with five of our favourite hikes.
A hike from Winchcombe along the Cotswold Way to a Neolithic long barrow. Map and route.
Thread through the Forest of Dean’s autumnal trees, stopping off half way at the White Horse Inn pub, before winding back on a woodland path. Map and route.
Marshfield, South Gloucestershire
Broad mead Brook, Gloucestershire ©Alamy
The southern Cotswolds, just south of the M4, is a hidden marvel on the edge of Bath and Bristol – explore this secret of the British countryside with a seven-mile walk alongside rivers and through fields. Map and route.
River Wye, Herefordshire / Gloucestershire / Monmouthshire
This River Wye River Wye navigates through Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire ©Alamy
Hike along a wooded bank past radiant wildflowers, foraging deer and a king’s cave on a seven-mile track beside the River Wye in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire. Map and Route.
Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire ©Philip Halling
For a day out that combines history and mystery, visit the Ancient Ram Inn, reputedly one of Britain’s most haunted places. Map and route.
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