Power Hour Walks
Getting out for our general wellbeing (and sanity!) has never been more crucial. We've come up with the best open walks and spaces to get you out - but safely.
We’re going to be finding the silver lining in as much as we can for you over the next three months. So where better to start than with ideas for wellbeing and staying active in isolation.
With our list of lovely walks (stay 2m apart now folks) we’ve curated for you a list of open spaces. Making sure to only visit ones right on your doorstep of course – they are great places to build some exercise into the day whilst keeping everyone safe.
We’re lucky in Glos and Worcs to have such stunning sites and landscapes on our doorstep. So here are a few of our Muddy favourites. Cabin fever begone!
Rodborough and Minchinhampton Commons are my most favourite place to recharge in the Cotswolds. The place where the ‘5 valleys’ meet, there are loads of easy trails to walk (you can go for miles without meeting a soul -bonus!) and some of the most stunning views in the Cotswolds. See if they can spot the River Severn snaking out to the sea.
Psst! … Bibury and the Coln Valley have a secret! Bypass the touristy hotspot of Arlington Row (pretty as it is obvs), head up behind the village and you’ll find the most beautiful 45min – 1 hour walk across open land and woodland glades to Coln St Aldwyns. I rarely see anyone except the odd ‘also-in-the-know’ local up there, and it’s the most stunning walk – plus very easy with kids and interesting for them with grazing sheep and the river Coln running alongside for paddlers.
The Malvern Hills in Worcs are an AONB area and for good reason – you’ll find miles upon miles of pristine common. It’s really fun to walk the length of the ridge (get some sturdy shoes on!) and take in the incredible views. Or just have a more gentle meander through the lower areas of woodland. Download a map online and get freewheeling.
A panorama of dreams is just the ticket to take everyone’s mind of things and remind them there’s a beautiful big world out there still. Head to Crickley Hill for a giant dose of that. There are trees and grassland a-plenty and you might even spot some belted Galloway.
Lodge Park and Sherbourne Park Estate are great for a structured route kind of day out. You can enjoy three way-marked trails, ranging from between 30 mins and 2.5 hours. Special ‘Family walks’ will help little feet get out but not be tired out. A gorgeous parkland setting where they can spot lots of wildlife.
Other spaces we love at Muddy
The grand Cirencester Park on the Bathurst Estate is my favourite run route, dog walking route and general potter route. Located in the heart of Cirencester and covering thousands of acres of parkland bordering the stunning Bathurst Estate House, it’s the perfect place for a bit of solo forest bathing with it’s array of glades, and peaceful trails. A dreamy and super convenient place to recharge.
They’ve just announced free parking at the Cotswold Water Park and it’s a gorgeous place to visit. Located in South Cerney, we love the labyrinth of 170 lakes you can explore, we often take our bikes (extra exercise – win!), and the dog adores dashing in and out of the lakes which are lovely and clean. A fave one is the Cotswold Country Park Beach lake as it has a great circular route of about 40 minutes and you can park right on site.
Do you have a favourite wild open walk? Let us know below.