Abbey Grounds

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Abbey Grounds

Cirencester

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This beautiful area is situated behind the parish church and was the site of St Mary's Abbey (1176-1539) until the Abbey was demolished. The outline of the Abbey is marked out with paving stones. The Abbey Grounds is surrounded by mature trees and is a peaceful, pleasant place to have a picnic, walk or play. There is a lake and bandstand.

Abbey Grounds - Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Barnwood Park and Barnwood Jubilee Arboretum

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Barnwood Park and Barnwood Jubilee Arboretum

Gloucester

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One of Gloucester's hidden gems, the arboretum contains a variety of unusual and old trees. Look out for the Wellingtonia or Giant Redwood, a magnificent Silver Lime tree, a mature Mulberry tree and Gloucester's oldest Indian Bean Tree. The arboretum and park were originally part of a landscaped garden within the grounds of the old Barnwood House Hospital (now demolished).

Barnwood Park and Barnwood Jubilee Arboretum - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Belas Knap Long Barrow

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Belas Knap Long Barrow

South of Winchcombe

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A particularly fine example of a Neolithic long barrow of c3800 BC, featuring a false entrance and side chambers. Excavated in 1863 and 1865, the remains of 31 people were found in the chambers. The barrow has since been restored. The barrow is approximately 178 feet (54m) long, 60 feet (18m) wide, and nearly 14 feet (4.3m) high. Free to visit.

Belas Knap Long Barrow - South of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

Cannop Ponds

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Cannop Ponds

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There is a large grassed area beside Cannop Ponds, ideal for family games and picnics. The popular fishing lake is an idyllic spot to view local birdlife, including Mandarin ducks. It also has good access to cycleways. Walks around the ponds and through the oak and pine woodland of the Cannop Valley; fallow deer may sometimes be seen.

Cannop Ponds - , Gloucestershire

Cirencester Park

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Cirencester Park

Cirencester

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Cirencester Park belongs to The Bathurst Estate and is open for visitors to enjoy both on foot and on horseback. Planted in the English Forest Style, the park is 8km long and nearly 5km wide with a large lake. Dogs welcome within the dog walking areas. Open all year round from dawn to dusk.

Cirencester Park - Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Cleeve Common

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Cleeve Common

A wide-open area of natural grassland forming part of the Cotswold Hills escarpment, with almost all of it designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It covers an area of 1000 acres and the highest point is 330m (1083ft) above sea level. With spectacular views it is a popular place for walking and other recreational activities. Website gives details of its history, geology, features, habitat and wildlife.

Cleeve Common - , Gloucestershire

Crickley Hill Country Park

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Crickley Hill Country Park

Cheltenham

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Stunning views over Cheltenham and Gloucester. Site of Iron Age Hill fort. Area of geological interest due to the Jurassic limestone outcrops. Ancient beech woods. Marked wayfarer trails. On a clear day you can see the Malverns and the Black Mountains in Wales. Visitor centre, pay and display car park and toilets. BBQ facilities and picnic benches. Great for school visits, picnics and walking. Managed jointly between GCC and NT.

Crickley Hill Country Park - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Hatherley Park

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Hatherley Park

Cheltenham

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An recreational park with ornamental lake, wildlife pond and mature trees providing a colourful display in the autumn. There are two children's play areas and football pitch. Feeding the ducks on the lake is a popular past time. Visitors are asked to bring birdseed to feed the ducks as it is less likely to foul the water and it is healthier for the ducks!

Hatherley Park - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Hetty Pegler's Tump: Uley Long Barrow

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Hetty Pegler's Tump: Uley Long Barrow

A partly reconstructed Neolithic chambered mound, 37 metres (120ft) long, atmospherically sited overlooking the Severn Valley. 'Hetty Pegler' was its 17th-century landowner. An English Heritage site, it is free to visit all year round.

Hetty Pegler's Tump: Uley Long Barrow - , Gloucestershire

Leckhampton Hill and The Devil's Chimney

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Leckhampton Hill and The Devil's Chimney

Cheltenham

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The hill lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fantastic for walks, wildlife, picnics and views over Cheltenham. Look out for The Devil's Chimney, a limestone outcrop which stands above the disused quarry. Legend has it that it is the chimney to the devil's house which is deep below ground!

Leckhampton Hill and The Devil's Chimney - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Lydney Harbour

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Lydney Harbour

Lydney

Lovely place to walk with great views across the River Severn, on a clear day you can see the Severn Bridges and Berkeley Power Station. Some large rocks with bore holes in them, help you pick out points of interest. Picnic benches. Popular with dog walkers. Small children will need to be supervised.

Lydney Harbour - Lydney, Gloucestershire

May Hill

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - May Hill

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The summit and surrounding area consists of a wide expanse of open grassland, bracken and gorse with boggy areas and pools. The hill is capped by a clump of pine trees (not NT), planted in 1887 to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria. It is now the location of annual May Day celebrations. May Hill Common covers 30 hectares of common land acquired by the NT in 1988. This attractive area of bracken and developing trees (mainly birch, oak and crab apple) is still grazed by the commoners' ponies, pigs and occasionally sheep. There are beautiful views to the north and west across Herefordshire. Free to visit.

May Hill - , Gloucestershire

Minchinhampton Common

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Minchinhampton Common

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Minchinhampton Common is a large swathe of open grassland on top and slopes of the Cotswold escarpment, with fantastic views across the Severn Vale. Look out for the Winstone's ice cream van which is often parked nearby - the ice-cream is made just down the road! It is a really important archaeological landscape, with prehistoric field systems, burial mounds and the remains of a defensive earthwork, known as The Bulwarks. In the summer the common is grazed by local commoners' cattle. The area is managed by the National Trust. Let's keep this place special and please remember to take your litter home with you.

Minchinhampton Common - , Gloucestershire

Nympsfield Long Barrow

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Nympsfield Long Barrow

A large Neolithic burial mound with spectacular vistas over the Severn Valley. Its internal burial chambers are uncovered for viewing. The remains of at least thirteen human skeletons, as well as Neolithic pottery, have been recovered during excavations. Free to visit.

Nympsfield Long Barrow - , Gloucestershire

Pittville Park

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Pittville Park

Cheltenham

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Facilities for angling, golf and skateboarding. Take a walk around the large lake and feed the ducks. There are rowing boats available for hire in the summer months. On the other side of the road (subway avoids crossing) there is an enclosed children's play area which has picnic tables adjacent to the play equipment. Birds and other small creatures in the outdoor aviaries by the Pump Room. Second lake to walk round and grass to play on.

Pittville Park - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Rodborough Common

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Rodborough Common

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Rodborough Common lies just to the north of Minchinhampton Common and offers a dramatic panorama overlooking Stroud and the Severn Vale. The Common is a biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is renowned for its colourful array of wild flowers and butterflies, starting with the pasque flower in spring and a superb display of early purple orchids in May. The site is managed by the National Trust. There are old quarry workings near to Rodborough Fort where many fossils have been discovered.

Rodborough Common - , Gloucestershire

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