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Gloucestershire Outdoor

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
  • Features large wild flower meadow, a neolithic burial chamber and a section of the 100-mile Cotswold Way National Trail. Location Map.

  • 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

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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