Winter walks in the Cotswolds

A walk with family and friends outdoors this winter is an ideal way to spend some time. The Cotswolds with its rolling hills and picturesque is a great place to explore.

Adults and two children taking an autumn walk amongst the trees

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

You'll find lots of places open now - over 40 houses, 135 gardens and parks, and hundreds of coastal and countryside sites. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage of the place you wish to visit before you travel. Read this article to find out how to book and what to expect from your visit.

Sherborne Park Estate, Gloucestershire

Winter walks at Sherborne 

Walk through the crisp winter woodlands and parkland on the Sherborne Park Estate, a working estate home to an abundance of wildlife, from fallow and roe deer to badgers and foxes.

Hidcote topiary in winter covered in snow

Winter walks at Hidcote

Hidcote during the winter is a really special time, come along to a wintry walk around the garden or venture further to see festive views of the estate.

Arden Way and River Arrow dog walk

Arden Way and River Arrow dog walk

This walk takes you to a beautiful bluebell wood where a carved clock can be found.

View of the Stroud Valley from Rodborough Common

Rodborough woodlands and villages walk

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

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.

Trig point at the top of the hill

May Hill countryside walk

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

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 challenging walk.

It can be bleak on the summit

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.

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.

Winter at Dyrham Park

A great escape outdoors this 'Twixmas'

Take a break from the indoors, the rich food and the gaudy decorations while stretching your legs and taking in the views this festive season.


Historic gardens, houses and ancient sites amongst a patchwork of commons, woods and valleys. See what the Cotswolds have to offer.