The county of Gloucestershire is blessed with some stunning and varied countryside for people to enjoy. There is lots of farmland that forms some great habitats for wildlife. The county has many lakes and other waterways, most of which are photogenic.
Forest of Dean
The ancient woodlands of the Forest of Dean are a joy to explore in all seasons and possibly see some of the local wildlife. Particularly special places include Cannop ponds and Mallards Pike, both are lakes surrounded by woods and a hive of natural beauty. The Wye Valley AONB forms part of the forest and consists of limestone gorges, river rapids and some stunning views.
The Cotswold Hills is a long stretch of rolling yellow limestone hills with lots of stunning countryside scenery to soak up. Particularly beautiful are Rodborough common, Painswick Beacon, Haresfield beacon and the 5 valleys of Stroud. There is some very nice woodland at Randwick Woods which is just near to the Haresfield Beacon viewpoint
The River Severn cuts through the county, most of which near Gloucester and Tewkesbury are on its flood plain. The river is a beautiful place to walk along, especially south of Gloucester heading towards the estuary.
Nature Reserves & Hidden Gems
There are many hidden gem nature reserves in Gloucestershire. Not well publicised but small areas of outstanding natural beauty, sometimes located in the most unlikely of places. These are usually places of peace and tranquillity that you can visit and feel out of the rat race of the modern world.
Our Current Hidden Gem Places of Tranquility.
- Barnwood Arboretum – A local nature reserve within Barnwood Park and belongs to Gloucester City Council.
- Robinswood Hill Country Park
- Highnam Woods Nature Reserve
- Haresfield Beacon
The historic, Victorian picturesque landscape and internationally important tree and shrub collection is managed by the Forestry Commission and supported by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. Based in Tetbury this is a stunning place to visit in all seasons but in my opinion, shines with colour in Autumn. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre is home to a rich botanical collection available to visitors all year round. The Arboretum, perched on a South-facing slope, presents its trees and plants from an unusual angle against the backdrop of the Evenlode Valley. http://www.batsarb.co.uk/
This includes the River Severn, River Wye, River Chelt, River Frome, Gloucester Docks, Gloucester-Sharpness Canal, Stroudwater Navigation and Cotswold Water Park. The source of the River Thames at Thames Head is also located near to Cirencester.