7 Walks with a view
Yes, we see you there underneath that duvet. Grab the dog / kid / partner / headphones and get your local, daily workout with one of these simply spectacular, local hilltop walks. All with 360 degree panoramas.
928 feet: Painswick Beacon
This stunner of a stroll is where I head when I need to blast the cobwebs into next week. Start from the pretty village of Painswick and follow the Cotswold Way National Trail north to the Beacon (or cheat a bit and follow signs for the beacon from the A46 to park further up!) It’s hilly but ohhh lordy the view from the top is incredible. Hike through the aptly named Paradise Valley and past an Iron Age Fort with views over the Severn Vale, Forest of Dean and the Welsh Mountains.
679 feet: Minchinhampton Common
A scenic 40 minute walk will take you from the centre of pretty Minchinhampton village, across 300 acres of wild, National Trust land with beautiful, deserted trails and footpaths with stunning views across the valleys. The Common also joins up with Rodborough Common and Selsey Common if you have really itchy feet.
961 feet: 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 walk here gives you a taste of the entire Cotswold landscape in 4½ sheltered and windswept miles.
1,083 feet: Cleeve Hill
Cleeve Hill is the highest point in the Glos Cotswolds. Head here for its famous limestone grasslands, abundant wildflowers and unending views across the Malverns and into Wales. If you want a long walk starting just behind the car park at the Cleeve Hill Golf Club, this 10.5km circular walk will take you over open hilltops, across streams and through woodlands. See Cheltenham laid out like a teeny tiny model town below.
1024 feet: The Broadway Tower
The second highest point in the Glos Cotswolds. Make it to the fabulous Victorian folly that is Broadway Tower and you’ll have worked off at least 9,999 calories we guarantee it. Getting there is a gorgeous hilly hike and there are spectacular views across the Severn Vale into Wales.
1394 feet (woah there): The Malvern Beacon
The stunning Malvern Hills are teaming with great walks but for the ultimate views head straight to the highest point in Worcs – the Malvern Beacon. The Hills are a string of rounded summits stretching some 10km. The good news is there is a path that takes you to the top and once you get there on a clear day you’ll be able to see over Worcester, Gloucester, the Cotswolds to the east and views of the distant hills of Wales to the west.
738 feet: Rollright Stones, near Moreton-in-Marsh
Stonehenge’s smaller, kookier cousin, the Rollright Stones, are a group of Neolithic and Bronze Age megalithic monuments – and they’re just over the border, minutes from Moreton-in-the-Marsh. Walk it or jump on the bike, but the brilliant mid-point are these scenic stones. Top tip: the King’s Stone and Whispering Knights (pictured) have the best views.