Autumn and Winter walks to enjoy in Gloucestershire.

As the last few days of summer give way to the Autumn and Winter months, it does not mean that you should hang up your walking boots. The colour that the season brings is even more reason to get out there. One of the significant advantages of Gloucestershire is that it has vast areas of green land and walking roots that you can take. Cold hard escapement, the sweeping green fields or the red and golden hues of its many woods proved you with a riot of colour and choice. You can take on some strenuous routes, or you can just find some nice preambles. It’s entirely up to you.

If you ask any resident of Gloucestershire, especially those who live in Gloucestershire Park Homes, they will tell you how blessed they feel to be living here. You could, too, if you go to   Here are some of the great winter walk examples you can take.

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  1. Up on the top, The Cotswold Way. Starting in Bath and ending in Chipping Camden (it’s also possible to do the other way if you wish), The Cotswold Way is the longest signposted walk in the county. It takes in some of the most incredible and picturesque hikes in Gloucestershire. You’ll see ancient ruins and neolithic constructions, plus you’ll come across more modern structures as well. There are plenty of Village pubs to warm yourself. However, some parts are very exposed. You might not be able to walk the whole way, and if you do, you’ll need to wrap up warm.
  2. The Forest of Dean. The trees are the draw here. You can feel the seasons change around you. The forest is one of the oldest in the country. There are Beech, Oak and Ash trees to admire. It can get pretty cold and wet in this part of the county. It’s one of the few places where snow is a very likely prospect.
  3. Cirencester Park. The privately-owned park is a gem with bits designed by Alexander Pope and a bit of Capability Brown. It’s spread out over a massive area, and it has acres of land to wander in and get lost in. Lucky the villages of Sapperton, Daglingworth and Stratton, are at perfect points to stop and refuel.  Afterwards, you can take a walk around historic Cirencester; there are also many cafes and pubs there.

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  1. The Stroud Valleys. If you really like to go uphill and downhill, then the Valleys of Stroud and its many Villages such as Thrupp, Bisley and the town of Stonehouse are all on hand to give you support. On the very top of the Valleys is Minchinhampton and Rodborough Common. You’ll find it an exciting and stimulating place. It looks perfect in Autumn and Winter. The early morning mist and the late evening fog can cast a mystical shadow over the land. It can also get freezing up here and means that snow might well be making an appearance.

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