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Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds


The pretty Cotswold village of Snowshill – an excellent starting point for walking!

Gloucestershire is a county full of variety and great walks. Gloucestershire is linked firmly to industrial waterways and offering flat, historic and impressive walks around Gloucester docks, along Seven Beach with its views of both the bridges across to Wales and towpath walks along the canals.  If history is your thing then there are also plenty of Gloucestershire walks to take in the best of the historical sites – whether that’s the chocolate box town of Tewksbury, Gloucester Cathedral, Cirencester or in the pretty Gloucestershire countryside surrounding Chedworth Roman Villa.

For those seeking to escape the urban completely, Gloucestershire hides away one of the best spots for walking in the South of England – the Cotswolds. Steep hill climbs with fantastic views at the top, hidden valleys and pretty-as-a-picture Cotswold villages with their warm stone houses, the Cotswolds are a weekend walker’s paradise. Long distance trail walkers can head off down the 100 miles or so of the Cotswold Way, explore the ancient borders with the Offa’s Dyke Path or even start that epic National Trail – the Thames Path – at the river’s source at Thames Head. Children and all-terrain pushchair walkers are not left out either. The many Cotswolds commons, many of which still allow locals to exercise their ancient grazing rights, offer huge spaces for kids to run wild, fly kites or for pushchair walkers to get out in the countryside with their young charges.

Gloucestershire hill walkers who have exhausted the Cotswolds ‘ best vantage points also have the option of exploring the Malvern Hills whose southernmost stretch reaches into northern Gloucestershire. Those who prefer a good forest wander to open hill-tops should be sure not to miss out on exploring the beautiful woodland wandering and arboretum at Westonbirt as well as of course the acres of excellent walks and biking in the Forest of Dean. There are plenty of family friendly country parks to take a wander in too!

Take a look at the Baby Routes tried and tested walks in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds at the bottom of the page or check these local links for more walking inspiration in the county.

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Herefordshire Beacon Walk, Malvern Hills

Herefordshire Beacon Walk, Malvern Hills

Walk Distance: 2.5km

Walk Duration: 1hr 15 (with little walkers. Longer if stopping to explore the cave and views!)

Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 150 Worcester & The Malverns; OS Explorer 190 Malvern Hills & Bredon Hill

Suitable for: Babies in carriers, good little walkers, older children.

Walk Features: Fantastic views, Britsh Camp Iron Age Hill Fort, Clutters …

Selsley Common, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds

Selsley Common Walk

Walk Distance: 1.4 km

Walk Duration: 30 mins at toddler dawdling speed, much less for older children.

OS Map: OS Landranger 162 Gloucester &  Forest of Dean; OS Explorer 179 Gloucester, Cheltenham & Stroud.

Suitable for: Little legs, babies in backpacks, older children. All-terrain pushchairs would be ok for most of it. The path …


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  1. Hi, we are heading to the Cotswolds over the Easter break, next week, April 13th-18th. We have a 6month old baby in our little group of six people. We will be based in Little Rissington.. My question is…can you advise us on the best walking routes with a baby buggy? We will have cars…..Little Rissington is just our base.
    I would appreciate any recommendations you may give us.
    Carmel Neylon.

    1. Hi Carmel,

      The Cotswolds is one of those places I need to visit to do more buggy walks. It’s so up and down we usually opt for a sling instead on our visits to date but I’m sure there are plenty of routes out there. I’ve had a quick look and wonder if the below sites might be of use? – this has some easy access circular routes; – there are loads of walks on this site but this page in particular is for the ‘Miles without stiles’ routes; and this one for walks with wheels The tourist board I’m sure would also have plenty of suggestions. Sorry not to be able to help with something more specific this time. I’ll get working on it! Have a lovely Easter. Kate

    • Olga on January 18, 2018 at 17:53
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    Hi, could you please advise if there are any social groups of adults and their children which do hiking or camping in summer time. A friend of mine with her toddler son would be happy to join them. I would appreciate any information.

    1. Is your friend Cotswold based? I’m not sure about summer camps for toddlers but she could look up family friendly festivals – there are a few good wildlife, farm and nature related ones. Also, look up local forest school playgroups/preschool days, the local Wildlife Trust, nature reserves and National Trust are also good places to look for more weekday activites. Hope that helps. 🙂

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