Ten Walks in the Cotswolds for Children

My husband and I love walking and after having Ed, we would strap him into the carrier and continue to enjoy long routes. Now that he’s older, this is impossible as he’s too heavy to carry but too small to conquer a 4-5 miler.

What’s the alternative? At the age of nearly 3-and-a-half, Ed is now pretty good at walking around 1-2 miles (some piggy-back carrying is often required near the end!) So, I’ve put together a list of 10 walks – some are tried and tested, some have yet to be walked. I’ll be dragging our friends along on walk number 3 on the list tomorrow so I’ll let you know how it goes!

As always, I would love to hear about any other local short walks that would be suitable for children. I’ll also update this list as we go on more walks.

1) Crickley Hill, Birdlip. Great views and woodlands where you can just go in and play or do a circular walk. See earlier blog post re. the Gruffalo’s house!
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/crickley-hill

2) Belas Knap, Winchcombe. If you drive up the hill following the signs you can park in a lane. From there the walk is up a hill but not too far. The 5000 year old Belas Knap is a Neolithic Long Barrow which children can explore.
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/belas-knap-long-barrow/

3) Uley Bury, Uley (see map pic) We are going on this tomorrow but it’s a 2 mile walk with an Iron Age hill fort and great views.

4) Sharpness Canal, Sharpness. Pram-friendly canal walk. With a café along with route.
canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canal-and-river-network/gloucester-and-sharpness-canal

5) Bourton-on-the-Water. Great to walk through the village, but if busy, there are a chain of lakes that lie just outside of the village. (See map pic)
www.cotswolds.com/plan-your-trip/towns-and-villages/bourton-on-the-water-p670103

6) Chosen Hill Nature Reserve. Woodlands with lovely bluebells.
www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/18974/chosen-hill-nature-reserve/

7) Cleeve Hill. Park in a number of places and climb the big hills. Amazing views.
www.visitcheltenham.com/things-to-do/cleeve-hill-p395953

8) Leckhampton Hill/Devil’s Chimney. Lot’s of walks and places to park with great views.

9) Alney Island Nature Reserve. Near to Gloucester on the banks of the River Severn. Lots of wildlife.
www.gloucester.gov.uk/resident/leisure-and-culture/parks-and-open-spaces/Pages/Alney-Island.aspx

10) Cotswold Water Park. Lots of places to explore. It even has its own beach. Or you can walk around the lakes. Café stops.

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  1. Great list of walks for little ones. So good to get out in the beautiful countryside and enjoy the fresh air and nature. What could be better.

  2. Great recommendations! I’m a Gloucestershire mum and do particularly like a walk up Cleeve Hill. At 16, 14 and 12, my kids can walk for miles, but persuading them to actually get out can sometimes be challenging!
    Popping over from Living Linky.

  3. This is really useful, my inlaws live in Stow and I need to find more walks for us to do with the kids. I’d also add walking from Broadway Tower, the views are lovely, just pay for the parking if you don’t want to climb the tower. And there’s a really great play ground in Broadway itself which has apparatus for all ages and more good views (perfect for bribing if they’re not keen on the walk).

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