5 Grandparent Friendly Walks In The Cotswolds This Autumn
The autumn half term is upon us (or will be very soon depending upon which county you live in) and with the lovely sunny autumn days we are having comes beautiful countryside walks.
Many parents struggle with childcare during the school holidays, not necessarily having the holiday to take from work, or being permitted the time that they need, step in grandparents!
So where can the whole family go walking in the Cotswolds?
From the little ones up to the grandparents we all want to be involved, and we’ve got some great suggestions.
1.Herefordshire Beacon Walk, Malvern Hills
This is a lovely 1.5mile walk that is short but really beautiful.
With the whole family we’d suggest allowing up to an hour and a half to do this walk because although its short there are some simply lovely views to soak up along the way.
Little walkers and older walkers alike will enjoy walking in the Cotswolds on the Herefordshire Beacon Walk and although not totally unsuitable for buggies this is probably more one for a baby carrier if you have really little ones.
You will be walking to the summit of the Beacon so some energy is required but you’ll be rewarded with excellent views over the Malvern Hills. The walk also allows you to explore the earthworks and defensive ditches of the British Camp Iron Age Fort
2.Selsey Common, Stroud
Selsey Common is a great spot for walking in the Cotswolds with grandparents and little ones alike.
At just under a mile the route will take you a maximum of half an hour even with dawdling kiddies in town
The path is a little bumpy in places but is generally fine for a hard wearing buddy.
The views are just lovely from Selsey Common and if you are going strong and do fancy extending the walk then the Toots Prehistoric long barrow offers great options onto Selsey or Woodchester.
3.Dean Heritage Centre, Forest of Dean
There is no better Cotswold walking than in the beautiful Forest of Dean, and the Dean Heritage Centre is nestled right in the forest with woodland galore.
Set in amongst five acres of stunning scenery, the centre is fully interactive and protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the Forest of Dean.
There are a wide range of things to explore and discover with five on-site inter-active galleries, which makes it a great spot to bring the children because there is so much to see and do including a Victorian cottage, a Charcoal Burners Camp, a Waterwheel, and a Beam Engine, plus the centre also hosts special events, exhibitions and educational workshops throughout the year.
The highlight of a trip to the Dean Heritage Centre though will be the Gruffalo Trail! Follow clues and paths through the beautiful woodland to see sculptures of the Grufflo and all of the characters from the book as it tells the much loved story.
4.Robinswood Hill, Gloucester
If you’ve not taken the family to Robinswood Hill when you’ve been walking in the Cotswolds then pop it onto your list.
Expect 250acres of open countryside with viewpoints, pleasant walks and way-marked nature trails that cover the hill. A traditional orchard has been revived and replanted and the summit has really fabulous views of the Severn Bridge to the South, the Malvern Hills to the North and the Black Mountains to the West.
Robinswood Hill also has an abundance of wildlife such as badgers, foxes and birds so bring those binoculars to do some exploring.
As well as the gorgeous walks here you’ll find a lovely children's park (an incentive to get those little legs walking!) and a cafe for the parents and grandparents.
5.Puzzle Wood, Gloucester
Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting place that has a really magical feel.
Located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean you find a mile of meandering pathways, beautiful trees and fascinating rock formations throughout this 14 acre ancient woodland.
As well as the woodland walks there are also some other great activities to keep the family occupied with lots of animals, a willow maze, indoor mazes, a toddler racing track, an outdoor playground and a cafe for a nice coffee.
The atmosphere in the woods is really special and JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, it has also been a popular location for filming including television dramas Dr Who, Merlin and Atlantis.
If your children enjoy exploring in the forest then they will really love it at Puzzle Wood and with short tracks to navigate, then grandparents will really appreciate it too.