Walking in Gloucestershire

Walks & Hiking

Walks & hiking In Gloucestershire, a county which is an excellent place if you like to walk and an excellent destination if you like variety in your hiking. There are many places to walk in the county of Gloucestershire some very well known and some nice hidden treasures. This page is to feature all my walking-related posts and articles making it easy for you to find walking information.

Walking By Area

We have a separate guides specifically for different areas of Gloucestershire

  • Forest of Dean – Various routes to enjoy strolling in the woods.
  • Gloucester – Paths and walks near to and in the city, most are circular and pretty short.

Walks & Walking In Gloucestershire

The most popular places in the county for walking include;

  • The Forest Of Dean and Wye Valley AONB is a top destination for walkers. An ideal place to visit for woodland walks for people of all abilities
  • The Cotswold hills are full of wonderful trails from easy circular routes through to walking the Cotswold Way.
  • The Severn Valley including the Severn Way Walk. The waterways of Gloucestershire include; The River Severn, River Wye, Gloucester To Sharpness Canal, River Avon In Tewkesbury, Stroudwater navigation and even the source of the River Thames at Thames Head near Cirencester.
  • Walks in nature reserves & country parks such as on Robinswood Hill.
  • There are many circular walks mainly from pubs or restaurants.
  • Longer walking Holidays Such as “The Cotswold Way” & “The Severn Way”

Featured Walks

The Severn Way

River Severn at Elmore Back

The Severn way walk passes through Gloucestershire following the course of the river. The section of this walk in Elmore is very nice and has some stunning river views to enjoy, especially in spring as it erupts into a buttercup meadow.


Rodborough Common

The common land at Rodborough is fantastic for a stroll in the countryside. There is some fantastic views of the Stroud valleys below as well as some nice meadows on the common. There is a private fort that is ideal for a short walk around and a few options to park your car.

Coleford & Wye Valley

Wye Valley Hike

Details of a circular route starting off in Coleford in the Forest of Dean and heading towards the River Wye. The route includes walking part of the Wye Valley at Redbrook and upstream to Monmouth. Route Details…

The River Wye AONB

River Wye
River Wye

A journal of a walk from Coleford to Symonds Yat and then downstream through the Wye Valley AONB. This route is very special and the scenery is stunning and lots of opportunities to see wildlife. Route Details…

Saul Junction

Stroudwater Navigation

The Gloucester to Sharpness Canal has many great walking routes to enjoy, the area around Saul Junction is pretty special and is near the small River Frome. There are many narrowboats passing, wild birds to watch and even a cafe to enjoy refreshments. Route Details…

Standish Woods & Haresfield

Walk From Edge To Haresfield

A beautiful walk through the trees at Standish Woods a nature reserve managed by the national trust. This leads onto Haresfield Beacon to enjoy views of the Cotswolds and the Severn Estuary.

Robinswood Hill

The country park at Robinswood hill has a variety of marked routes around and to the top of the hill. Robinswood Hill has some fantastic views as it looks down on the city of Gloucester. There is a cafe, a nature centre, cliffs and loads of wildlife to spot. About Robinswood Hill…

Randwick Woods

There are a few walks through Randwick and Standish woods near to the top of Haresfield beacon on the edge of The Cotswold Hills. About Randwick Woods…

River Frome

The path alongside the River Frome is a nice and quiet route through the local countryside and you rarely see a soul. This route takes you from Whitminster to Stonehouse via the pretty Eastington Church. Details…

Churchdown Hill

Parts of the Churchdown Hill are managed by the Woodland Trust and the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. The hill is open free to the public to roam along the many paths. This place is a steep walk but you will be rewarded with some stunning views. Churchdown Hill Walk…