Half Term Walk Ideas In The Cotswolds
The half term holidays are upon us and the weather looks like it might be on our side which means plenty of fresh air and outdoor activities with the kids.
If you don’t want to spend a fortune paying entry fees to all of the local attractions then definitely consider some nice walks. There are so many in our area which can be enjoyed by the whole family that cost nothing, so get out and about in the fresh air and get active.
Sometimes we feel like we need to be constantly entertaining our children but actually hitting the countryside and walking and exploring is great fun for children.
Have a look at these walk ideas in the Cotswolds and see if any take your fancy.
Worcester Woods is a lovely spot, with easy access just off the motorway, all you really need to pay for is parking.
With no entry fee’s you can come and use the lovely, large park for a variety of ages. There are also great walks through the woods that are suitable for bikes and scooters plus a huge field for ball games and picnics (if the February weather will allow).
Sometimes during school holidays they open up a couple activities that you can pay for including a small train ride, a huge inflatable bouncy slide and mini golf.
There is a also a really nice cafe here with great, wholesome food for the whole family and nice coffee.
Crickley Hill, Cheltenham
If you’ve not been up to Crickley Hill to see the views out over the surrounding countryside then you are really missing out.
Again all you need to pay for is your parking; there are walks out over the hill, a huge grassy area for ball games/dog walking and picnics or head for walks in the forest and get exploring.
There is also a convenient and really lovely little cafe up at the top of the hill for refreshments after walking.
Play some games with the kids along the way, see how many insects or plants types that they can spot and there are even gorgeous cows roaming free that you’ll likely come face to face with.
Pittville Park, Cheltenham
Pittville Park in Cheltenham is one of the best adventure playgrounds in the Cotswolds since its refurb. All ages of children will enjoy playing here from the sandpits and water features to the big zipline and climbing frames, plus adults will be happy with the little cafe stand right in the park serving up good coffee and treats!
Once you are finished playing take a walk around the park itself and cross the road through the tunnel to head for the big lake and smaller park and activities on this side.
There are great opportunities for bike riding, scooting, duck feeding and the kids often come home with a colourful painted stone that has been hidden there by a local, you could even decorate your own the day before and go on an adventure to hide it.
Another fantastic park for children is in Broadway, covering a huge spot of the countryside there is something for all ages and plenty of picnic space.
Once you’re finished playing then go for a mooch in beautiful Broadway and grab a coffee at one of the many quaint tearooms.
If you fancy a good walk then why not head up the hill and walk to Broadway Tower, the views are spectacular and you can even pay an entry fee to go up the tower itself.
Beechencroft, Forest of Dean
Nestled in the beautiful Forest of Dean woodland you’ll find Beenchencroft; a huge area with loads going on including forest walks with sculpture trails and children’s trails, Go Ape, a great park for the children, loads of open space for ball-games and picnics and a lovely cafe for lunch/coffee.
The countryside in this area is incredibly beautiful, even the drive there through the Forest of Dean you’ll love.
Evesham Country Park
Evesham County Park is a great spot for the little ones over half term because they have their miniature train running throughout the holidays. Jump on for a ride and stop halfway for a play at the fort and if the weather’s OK this is a lovely spot to picnic.
Head back to the shopping area and have a browse or take a loner walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Evesham Adventure Park/River
Staying in Evesham you’ll also find the fabulous adventure play-park near the gorgeous River Avon. With loads of different activities for the children to enjoy and gorgeous river views, the whole family will love this spot.
There is a brilliant splash park here too but this won’t re-open until things start to warm up a little.
There is a small cafe on site or mooch into town and grab some refreshments. Alternatively stroll along the river and see the boats and ducks going about their days.
Stratford Upon Avon Park/River
If being by the water appeals to you then Stratford Upon Avon is a nice day out. Head for the river side and you’ll find a lovely park with equipment for children of all ages, loads of green space for running about and having a picnic. There is crazy golf if you have older children and you can even hire out boats or go on a guided boat trip on the river.
The play-park has a small coffee stand for refreshments, otherwise Stratford itself is a bustling town with loads going on.
Stroll up the river to see the boats, wildlife and the Shakespeare Theatre which still has many shows going on throughout the year, you could even go up the viewing platform and take in the views over Stratford and the surrounding countryside.