The days are getting longer and the weather is gradually getting better, so what better way to blow off the winter cobwebs than with a good walk? And we aren’t just talking about a nice leisurely stroll, if you feel like getting those leg muscles going and your heart pumping then why not try one of these walks that are guaranteed to burn a few calories and make you feel alive?
This truly uplifting walk takes you up to the mysterious Devils Chimney. No one really knows how this structure was made but there is no doubt that it stands in a beautiful position looking out over the Severn Valley. Although this is a short walk it is quite intense and has many view-point opportunities.
The ascent and the views are sure to get your heart pounding and you can team this up with other walks in the area if you want to keep walking.
The Cotswold Way
This is a really well-known route for walkers in the Cotswold area and is most definitely the longest, stretching over 100 miles through the region.
Starting at Chipping Campden, this long-distance walking trail leads all the way to the city of Bath, taking in the beautiful countryside, picturesque villages and ancient landmarks along the way.
The full route will take you between seven to 10 days to complete but many people pick parts of the route to walk.
If you want to get that heart pounding then take the challenge and walk the whole Cotswold Way.
The Cleeve Hill Ring
This relatively short walk is around 6.5 miles which might sound easy, but it takes you up to the Cotswolds’ highest common which does mean putting in some effort. At the highest point of this walk, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views out to the Malvern Hills and even across Wales on a clear day. This could definitely include some of the best views that the Cotswolds have to offer.
Bath Skyline Walk
This gorgeous walk just outside the city of Bath has two main route options which include either a 3 mile walk if you are out for just a quick hike, or a 6 mile walk if you want to take it a bit longer. The route has some steep spots so is ideal if you’re looking for an uphill challenge that will get your heart pounding. Both circular walks have beautiful viewing points which allow you to get a bird’s eye view of the World Heritage Site that is Bath, and beyond. If you are walking with the family then you’ll likely enjoy the family discovery trail.
This relatively short, circular walk is a popular choice and you’ll see why. Although short this route does involve lots of uphill walking and will definitely get the heart pounding. Starting out in the beautiful village of Broadway and climbing up to the tower, the highest castle in the Cotswolds, you’ll be treated to some spectacular views. The tower itself was positioned to look out over a medieval trading route and now largely exists as a tourist attraction with a cafe, gift shop, restored nuclear bunker, graphic art galleries, and resident herd of red deer among the highlights for visitors.