Walking with wildlife in the Cotswolds

There are many places to explore on foot in the Cotswold, places which will get you closer to nature and out into the open air. We're created a list of a few favourites for you.

Rodborough Common, Duke of Burgundy butterfly, Gloucestershire

Rodborough Common butterfly walk

Follow our trail through natural grassy tracks and hillsides to Swellshill and back for the opportunity to spot more than 30 species of butterfly and enjoy views over the Severn Estuary.

Views from the Haresfield Beacon in Gloucestershire

Haresfield Beacon walk

Take in major archaeological features, woodlands, grasslands and beautiful views from the Cotswold scarp on this easy walk.

Shadows are long in winter

Rodborough woodlands and villages walk

On this walk you will discover some of Rodborough Commons' hidden treasures by exploring the woodlands on the lower slopes.

Parkland at Charlecote Park on a sunny frosty day in winter

A walk through the parkland at Charlecote near Stratford-upon-Avon

Take a stroll in the park and see our fallow deer and Jacob sheep, with lovely views of the house in its riverside setting.

Frosty mornings are refreshing

Rodborough cowslip and purple orchid walk

This self-led walk will allow you to wander at your own pace through a sea of yellow cowslips or a swathe of early purple orchids.

Newark Park, Gloucestershire

A Cotswold hills ramble at Newark Park

Stroll under a chestnut canopy, ramble among redwoods, discover a bird spotter's dream, and hunt for blackberries as you follow the twisting trails at Newark Park.

May Hill, local landmark, Herefordshire

May Hill views

An invigorating walk that will clear the lungs, with spectacular views from May Hill, one of the area's best known landmarks.

Woodchester Park boathouse, Gloucestershire

Woodchester Park boathouse walk

Follow our trail in the secluded valley of Woodchester Park, home to the remains of a landscape park, a Victorian mansion, and five lakes fringed by woodland and pasture.

Ebworth Woods, Gloucestershire

Ebworth Centre Cotswolds walk

From breathtaking views to secluded woodlands, explore the best of the Cotswolds on this National Trust trail.

May Hill, local landmark, Herefordshire

May Hill countryside walk, Gloucestershire

Experience an exhilarating walk over this prominent landmark starting on May Hill Common and retuning via the woodlands of the Huntley Estate.

Rodborough Common, grazing cattle, Gloucestershire

Fort-ification walk

Enjoy spectacular views for miles around on this easy one-mile walk around Rodborough Fort and over limestone grassland.

Spring flowers and a county view

‘What a view’ walk from Upton House and Gardens

Enjoy a short circular walk from Upton House car park to the Edge for arable ambling, panoramic vistas, big skies and the frisson of a historic battle.

Haresfield Beacon, Cotswold escarpment, Gloucestershire

Randwick ramble

Enjoy a short walk perfect for a quick stroll through lowland beech and yew woodlands with an excellent spot for seeing orchids and other special flowers of this area.