20 wonderful Spring walks
It's National Walking Month! Sling on your boots, pack the flask, and get a much needed boost on one of our wonderful walks.
Ahh fresh air, blue skies, birdsong … we’re ready for a ramble like never before, what about you? Read on for the most stunning walks to try out across Glos and Worcs this month.
1. Bibury to Coln St Aldwyns
This circular walk takes you around the delightful village of Bibury (and the famous Arlington Row) and the surrounding countryside. Take in pretty stone cottages and a wonderful Saxon church then follow a scenic riverside path to the nearby (and equally idyllic) village of Coln St. Aldwyns. Follow the River Coln into the village before returning to Bibury through the countryside on footpaths and bridleways. One of our all time, fresh-air faves.
D Factor: Distance: 6 miles (10k), duration: 2 hours, difficulty, moderate.
2. The Leckhampton Loop
This walk guides you around one of the most beautiful and varied stretches of the Cotswold Way. From rich grassland to peaceful woodlands, from Iron-Age remains to Victorian quarries. A taste of the entire Cotswold landscape in 4½ miles.
D Factor? Distance: 4 and a half miles; duration 2 and a half hours; difficulty:,moderate, no stiles but some steep bits.
3. Bruce Trail Friendship Trail – Beacons, Commons and Woods
A stile free walk that leads you along peaceful woodland tracks and out onto windswept hillsides with breathtaking views. A true jewel in the Cotswolds crown.
Not only is is a stunning route, it is also twinned with an equally beautiful part of the Bruce Trail in Ontario, Canada as a mark of friendship and cooperation between our two trails.
D Factor: Distance, 6 miles; duration, 2 – 3 hours; difficulty, moderate – stile free with moderate slopes.
4. Minchinhampton Common
This is a fairly level walk that follows the outer boundary of Minchinhampton Common and can be started from a number of places, including the Bell Lane car park, the Common Road car park, the Beaudesert car park, and for local residents pretty much anywhere within Minchinhampton itself. You can hardly get lost as long as you stick to the Common, and it can be made shorter by cutting corners. The views are stunning and keep your eyes peeled for the Adonis Blue butterfly (there are two broods per year, one in June and then August/Sept).
D Factor: Distance, 4 miles; duration, 1-2 hours; difficulty, easy.
5. Cirencester Park and the Bathurst Estate
The circular (or any other shape you wish) walk through Cirencester Park on the Bathurst Estate is a stunning outing. The parkland covers thousands of acres which border the stunning Bathurst Estate House, it’s the perfect place for a bit of solo forest bathing with it’s secluded glades, and peaceful woodland trails and kids love it too for the tree climbing and den-making opps here.
D Factor: Difficulty, very easy; duration, 1-2 hours; distance, 2-3k.
6. Cotswold Way, Wotton-Under-Edge Circular Walk
Gorgeous rolling farmland and woodland tracks make up this enchanting walk which leads you from scarp top to valley bottom, back into one of the Cotswolds’ most charming and thriving small towns. Expect some spectacular views through in.
D Factor: Difficulty, moderate; duration, 3 hours (4 hours if you detour to Newark Park); distance, 5 miles
7. Rollright Stones Circular Walk, near Chipping Norton
If you’re feeling energetic head to this longer but great walk for a taste of the Cotswolds’ answer to Stonehenge – the Rollright Stones (the mid point) A lovely, scenic walk that takes in the King’s Stone and Whispering Knights (pictured).
D Factor: Difficulty, moderate; duration, 3 hours;
8. Cranham, Coopers and the Beechwoods
This beautiful walk takes in the (in)famous Cooper’s Hill – where in less Covid-y times Cotswold locals can be found rolling giant lumps of cheese down this very mound for glory. Take it in, whilst enjoying the beech woodlands, the cathedral-like calm of Buckholt Wood, richly carpeted by bluebells in May, and some beautiful views.
The D Factor: Difficulty, easy; duration, 2 hours; distance, 4 miles.
9. Faringdon Circular Walk
If you’re craving stunning views you’ll love this amble. This route takes you through the pretty village of Littleworth and ends with a route up Folly Hill with it’s wild woodland and 360 degree views. And if you want a ‘walk-lite’ version for the kids (or ehem, you), just follow the last bit of the trail – keep your eyes peeled for the woodland sculpture trail.
D Factor: Difficulty, moderate; duration 2-3 hours; distance, 8k
10. Chipping Campden and Escarpments
This delightful, short walk leads you around shaded woodlands, grazing sheep (does it get more bucolic?!) and breathtaking views, then back to charming Chipping Campden. A great intro to the Cotswold way and a nice family walk, as it’s easy and fairly flat.
D Factor: Difficulty, easy to moderate; duration, 2 hours; distance, 4 miles (3 with a short cut)
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11. Broadway and the Tower
This enchanting walk leads you through the picturesque Cotswold high street of Broadway, along historic tracks and up to the intriguing Broadway Tower (the second highest point in the Cotswold after Cleeve Hill) with its spectacular views across the Severn Vale into Wales.
D Factor: Distance, 4 miles; duration, 2-3 hours; difficulty, Moderate, some steep sections and stiles.
12. Hollybush Walk, The Malvern Hills
The stunning Malverns are teaming with great walks. It’s really fun to walk the length of the ridge (get some sturdy shoes on) and take in the incredible views. One of our faves is the Circular Hollybush Walk. It forms a figure of 8, loops around the Ragged Stone Hill, passes through the pretty village of White LEaved Oak and loops north to Midsummer Hill with its stunning Iron age fort – dramatic views guaranteed.
D Factor: Difficulty, moderate; duration, 2 hours; distance, 3.2 miles.
13. The Enclosures Walk, The Malvern Hills
Head further north in the Malverns and pep up your family walk-time with a bit of history on this fun stroll. It explores the banks and ditches which are found to be running over the Northern Malverns! Many created by Charles 1 when he sectioned it off to raise some tax revenue. They’ll love the horrible histories element. Plus you’ll get incredible views from Worcestershire Beacon, Sugarloaf, Table and North Hills.
D Factor: Difficulty, moderate; duration, 2 hours; distance, 3.5 miles.
14. Bewdley to Forest of Discovery Walk
The Wyre Forest is one of the largest ancient oak woodlands left in England so it makes for a stunning walk. An oasis for wildlife, watch out for the famous ‘Wyre Butterfly’. Enter at Dog Lane car park in Bewdley for a walk off the beaten track.
D Factor: Difficulty, Easy; duration, 2-3 hours; distance, 3 miles each way.
15. Habberley Valley Circular Walk
Habberley Nature Reserve is a beautiful place for a spring stroll as it’s bursting with wildlife. Spot the yellowhammers, green woodpeckers and wildflowers on this easy amble. The perfect secluded spot for a woodland picnic too plus look out for the babbling brook and ancient rock houses along the way.
D Factor: Difficulty, easy; duration, 1-2 hours; distance, 2 miles
16. Hartlebury Common Walk
The largest and most important area of heathland remaining in Worcestershire, this site of Special Interest is a lovely, gentle way to have a wander. Skip through dappled woodlands, heather-clad hills and see Hilditch Pool and brook that attract loads of wildlife – kids will also love the sound of the ‘acid bog’! Check them all out on this lovely walk.
D Factor: Difficulty, easy; duration, 1 hour; distance, 1 mile
17. Martley Circular Walk
This is a super circular walk in the Teme Valley taking in traditional orchards, pastures and ancient woodlands, sounds lovely doesn’t it? Plus you get gorgeous views across Worcs from certain spots. The walk also meanders along the River Teme which is a haven of wildlife (and dogs).
D Factor: Difficulty, moderate; duration, 3-4 hours; distance, 6 miles.
18. Pound Green Bell Pits Circular Walk
Worcestershire’s rural charm is in abundance on this walk, which takes in heathland, the Common and the edge of the Wyre Forest.
D Factor: Difficulty, moderate; duration, 1-2 hours; distance, 3 miles.
19. Romsley Penny Fields Walk
Open pastures dotted with wildflowers, woodlands and old stone bridged streams are the the features of this gorgeous walk. Park at the Swallow Nest in the village of Romsley and set off on a nature trail that features 8 gates and 3 stiles. Waymarks along the route make it v easy to navigate!
D Factor: Difficulty, easy; duration, 1-2 hours; distance, 2.25 miles
20. Grafton Flyford Hairstreak Butterfly trail
Try saying that after too many Aperols, thankfully the walk itself is easier and worth every second. The trail takes you around the beautiful countryside of east Worcs, home to the rare, aforementioned butterfly. Weave along the Wychavon Way, Grafton Wood and parts of the original Forest of Feckenham – now a nature reserve managed by the Butterfly Conservation and Worcs Wildlife Trust.
D Factor: Difficulty, easy to moderate; duration, 2-3 hours; distance, 6.5 miles.
Have we left out a wonderful walk? Let us know in the comments.