Best walks in Gloucestershire

Take a hike through the Cotswolds AONB, along the River Wye and through the Forest of Dean

Daneway Banks Nature Reserve, Gloucestershire, UK. July 2015.

Gloucestershire is a medium-sized county in south-west England, comprising the Cotswolds, the Forest of Dean and the Severn Vale.

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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.

1

Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

The Cotswold town of Winchcombe viewed from Cleeve Common near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
The Cotswold town of Winchcombe viewed from Cleeve Common near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire ©Alamy

A hike from Winchcombe along the Cotswold Way to a Neolithic long barrow. Map and route.

 

Dawn mist on Somerset Levels

 

2

Highmeadow Woods, Gloucestershire

Wild boar

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.

 

3

Marshfield, South Gloucestershire

broadmead brook 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.

 

4

River Wye, Herefordshire / Gloucestershire / Monmouthshire

River Wye Gloucestershire
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.

 

5

Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire
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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