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The best walks in Gloucestershire

August 20, 2021 4:35 pm

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If one chooses to take a walk in the rural joy that is Gloucestershire you really can’t ignore the Cotswold Way. It runs the length of the county starting in Bath City, the old Roman Spa town before terminating in the medieval town of Chipping Campden in the North. It doesn’t matter which way you go, it’s still a wonderful walk either way. However, grand and all encompassing as this walk is there are also plenty of other walks that you can partake of when you are in the county. In fact why not try this out and avoid the Cotswold way. You might find something different. You’ll need to be protected and a decent set of Aran Sweaters like those from Shamrock Gift will do you fine.

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To the west of the county bordering the Welsh line and Monmouthshire lies the Forest of Dean. This ancient woodland dates back to the invasion of the Normans where it was created as a hunting space for William I and his Barons and Knights. This has left the landscape somewhat untouched in parts and an amble up the River Wye Valley can easily match the view of the Cotswold Way. The swiftly rushing Wye accompanies you from Chepstow in the South up to Symonds Yat in the North. The view from here is one of the best that the county has, offering a view on to Wales.

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The other option is for the flatt inclines of the Gloucester to Sharpness canal. Starting in the Historic Docks the  route follows the towpath and the incredible Purton Ships graveyard. Here you can see the remains of concrete ships that were ditched to protect the eroding river bank.

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