Taking a walk in the countryside has some great advantages. It is refreshing, healthy, uplifting, and very relaxing. While walking in Gloucestershire you get to enjoy the scenery. You take in the fresh air, experience the gentle breeze, see the beautiful flowers, hear the birds sing, and feel the touch of the countryside.
Gloucestershire offers some of the great walks of Britain. There are some hill routes that have been walked by Neolithic men, and there are some forest tracks made by real miners – all of these you can explore and enjoy in this beautiful county.
There are also parish paths that have been used by many generations of church attendees over the years that you can tread. You can rest assured that you are not destroying any element in the environment nor disturbing nature or local people as you enjoy your walk in the Gloucestershire countryside. It is exciting to discover that Gloucestershire has more than 3300 miles of footpaths, byways, and bridleways. You can find all of these routes in Ordinance Survey maps. The routes are also usually sign posted wherever they are.
There are different colored arrows marking the different routes. There is the blue color which marks the bridleway, yellow, marking the footpath, and red, marking byways that are open to traffic. In case you are confused on which particular route to go through, or you discover a challenge on your way, you can get in touch with the Gloucestershire Public Rights of Way Unit of Environmental Department, part of Gloucestershire County Council, at Shire Hall, Gloucester on 01452 425577.
Gloucestershire is home to The Forest of Dean and British Waterways where you can also explore. There are also town trails that you can enjoy. You can explore the Cotswold towns and view the architectural heritage, market halls, wool churches and history weavers’ cottages, and take lovely refreshment in the old inns. You can also enjoy the fresh air by taking a walk round some of the historic cities and towns of Gloucestershire. When you are in Gloucestershire, you can be sure of being well taken care of and there are some organizations that offer guided walks for tourists. Gloucestershire is one of the places in the world where you are closest to nature as you take a walk.
Cooks Green Holiday Cottage is a perfect base for walking in Gloucestershire.