As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we are spoilt with the Cotswolds on our doorstep. Spanning many counties and reaching from Bath to Oxford, it has a variety of landscapes, suitable for everyone, from hour-long strolls to more adventurous hikes. As the warmer summer weather sets in, get back to nature with these stunning National Trust walks in the Cotswolds.
Prior Park walk, Bath.
Be spoilt with majestic views of Bath, the Palladian Bridge (shown above) and a rare ice house on this gentle half-hour walk, which is a wonderful tonic for days spent indoors. Visit Bath afterwards for tea & cake at Sally Lunn's, one of the city's oldest houses. View more details here >
Haresfield Beacon, Stonehouse
This picturesque walk through bluebell woods, farmland and ancient barrows is for those who fancy a longer ramble through the countryside. Taking around four hours, this can be finished off with a nice pub lunch at the Beacon Inn. View more details here >
Rodborough Common, Stroud
A gentle stroll over the common, where you can take in views of the River Severn, an 18th-century fort, cows and butterflies. Finish with a scoop of the renowned Winstone's ice cream. View more details here >
Lodge Park Bridgman walk, Aldsworth
Featured on last year's BBC Springwatch, Sherborne Park Estate, this National Trust property is holding several nature talks, followed by afternoon tea, throughout the year. Explore the grounds of Lodge Park, the deer racing course, Stone Age barrows on this stunning estate. View more details here >
Woodchester Park boathouse walk, Stonehouse
This hour-and-a-half walk around the park is filled with hidden surprises, from the boathouse to Woodchester Mansion and many ruins that house plenty of unusual wildlife, like horseshoe bats. View more details here >
Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge
From the tranquil lake and shady trees, to views of Newark Park House and a ha-ha, this walk is great for bird lovers and for taking the dog too. View more details here >
Ebworth Centre Cotswolds walk, Cranham
The National Trust gives the best description: "This walk gives you the chance to explore all the features that make the Cotswolds so special – steep valleys, exhilarating views, beautiful limestone grassland, magnificent beech woodlands and two honey-coloured villages where time seems to stand still." View more details here >
The Shenington Round from Upton House, Banbury
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