Walking in Gloucester

Walking In Gloucester and Surrounding Countryside

There are many options for walks in and near to Gloucester City Centre. These include many urban walks or in the nearby countryside. One of the more challenging and steep walks is up to the top of Robinswood Hill to view the city from above.

Gloucester Walks

From the centre of Gloucester, you can enjoy a walk around the historic Gloucester docks and either walk along the River Severn or The Gloucester-Sharpness Canal. 

Gloucester-Sharpness Canal

The canal stretches from the city centre towards Sharpness for 16.5 miles. This has a towpath along the bank so is a great place to walk from the city. The canal has some historical buildings towards the city end including Llanthony Secunda Priory and some old historical warehouses. The canal as well as some great nature spotting including many species of birds.

Alney Island & River Severn

One of my favourite options is to head to Alney Island over the footbridge near the lock and do a circular walk along the River Severn. This includes Lower Parting where the river splits to create the island, this is a great place to watch The Severn Bore.

The Island is mainly farmland and used for grazing so expect to see cows on your walk. Due to being low-lying, the area is prone to flooding, especially in the spring. There is an area in the centre called Richards Wood, a small wood and a great place to sit in the shade on a warm summers day.

Westgate Bridge

Another Quick walk from the city centre is crossing past the shops on Westgate Island then at Westgate Bridge, head upstream on the River Severn into a park with a boating lake. The lake is a nice place to enjoy lunch or you could venture under the railway viaduct into some very nice meadowland.

Barnwood Arboretum & Park

Barnwood Arbouretum Walk

The Barnwood Arboretum is a nice location for a stroll in the Barnwood area of the city, watch out for the diverse wildlife living here. The park has a church. in the centre that is currently used as a gym.

Walking Guides

  • aboutGlos Walking Guide. Currently under construction but growing daily. Glos Walking
  • Download & Print Walks in or near to Gloucester. walkinginengland.co.uk
  • Gloucestershire County Council walking guide. Includes walk downloads and details of organised walks. Walk details

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