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Gloucestershire outdoor activities this summer don’t have to cost the earth. With five Country Parks, three areas of outstanding natural beauty an arboretum and a number of country manors and houses with gardens you might need to clear some space in your diary to fit it all in before winter comes knocking. Check the weekend weather forecast then don’t delay in getting down to the local farmers’ market to stock up on treats for your summer family picnic!
In this post we list some of the places you might want to visit, to make the most of Gloucestershire outdoor.
Gloucestershire Outdoor: Country Parks
There are no fewer than five County Parks across the county
- Crikley Hill Country Park Open 6 am to 9:30 pm over the summer. The park has free to use barbecue stands as well as picnic benches. Free parking after 6pm, or £3 all day. Location Map. Map of Park.
- Coaley Peak Picnic Site and Viewpoint
- Barrow Wake Viewpoint 31 acres (13 hectares) of limestone grasslands, panoramic views and also along the Cotswold Way, between Chipping Camden and Bath. Location map.
- Kilkenny Viewpoint and Picnic Area 13 acres (5 hectares) of disused quarry with free public access with panoramic Cotswolds views. 1 mile from Andoversford on A436. Location map.
- Coopers Hill Local Nature ReserveThere’s more to Coopers Hill than the famous cheese rolling competition! The 137-acre (55-hectare) features two beech woodlands and free access to public access and possibly the largest Iron Age remains in Gloucestershire. Location Map.
See the Gloucestershire County Council website for further details.
Gloucestershire Outdoor: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Cotswolds AONB one of teh most beautiful areas of England, once experienced never forgotten.
- Wye Valley AONB Some of the most beautiful lowland scenery in Britain through which a 58 mile (90 km) stretch of the River Wye flows. See the Wye Valley tourism website for ideas on things to do.
- Malvern Hills AONBFamed for dramatic hills and pure spring water, there is a lot more to the Malvern Hills: it has a rich cultural heritage of forts and castles and stands proudly from this landscape of ancient woodland, rolling pastures and wild, open commons. See the Malvern Hills Conservators website for a list of things to do.
Gloucestershire Outdoor: Arboretums
Batsford Arboretum close to the Cotswold village of Moreton-on-the-Marsh is one of the finest botanical collections in the country. Location map. The National Arboretum, is an incredible collection for trees and shrubs, with something for every season. See out recent Westonbirt Arboretum post for information on how to get there.
Gloucestershire Outdoor: Country Walks
There are far too many walks to list here. To get started you can find twelve Gloucestershire walks of varying difficulty on the Walking Britain website. There’s also four lovely walks at Arlingham along the River Severn featured in a post earlier this week.
The post image shows a dandelion captured at the National Arboretum at Westonbirt in the spring.
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