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A superb Cotswold landscape of mixed woodland and open grassland with extensive views

Occupying a prominent position on three spurs on the Cotswold escarpment, there are views across the Severn estuary towards the Forest of Dean and Brecon Beacons. With its dramatic topography, intimate woodlands, extensive grasslands and exposed and wild promontory hill fort the estate offers a variety of contrasting experiences.

The Cotswold Way National Trail runs through the entire estate and there are miles of tracks, so whether you enjoy walking, horse riding or mountain biking, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

The wildlife is some of the best in the Cotswolds. Whether it’s the bluebells and spring flower displays in Standish Wood, the veteran beech trees (over 200 years old) in Shortwood or the orchids and butterflies in the limestone grasslands, all reflect its high nature conservation value.

As you stand out on the hill fort look out for the buzzards mewing, gliding and diving and the kestrels hovering and hunting. You'll also find a wealth of archaeological features including long and round barrows, a hill fort and cross dyke; historical monuments over 3,000 years old.

50 Things

We've put together a list of 50 things you can do before you're 11¾. Up for the challenge?

Find out which of the 50 things you can tick off your list here, including climb a tree, build a den, fly a kite and roll down a really big hill.

If you want to try out some 50 Things fun with our ranger team, check out the Wild Woodchester 50 Things events throughout the summer holidays at Woodchester Park. 

Mad for mountain-biking?

Off-road mountain biking

Off-road mountain biking

Check out the Mean and Dirty Off Road Challenge (MADORC) which will be held at the Ebworth Estate near Stroud on Sunday 13 September.

Either 50k or 100k options are open to everyone with a mountain bike and the desire to test themselves against a route through fantastic Cotswolds terrain.

Entries received before August 30 will receive a free post race meal and free T-shirt.

Children's races will also be held during the day.

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