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

Sandford Park

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Sandford Park


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Adjacent to Sandford Lido, this ornamental side of the park consists of a fountain with seating, landscaped beds and stunning flower displays in the summer months. Large play area and toilets. Popular place for picnics. A meandering path leads to the restful cascade pools and the River Chelt.

Sandford Park - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Sculpture Trail

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Sculpture Trail


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The sculptures are inspired by the forest - its trees, wildlife and industrial past. The 3 mile Trail can be explored in shorter routes. Route leaflet available from the Lodge, follow the ringed posts and direction arrows. Picnic site and children's playground, cafe. Open dawn to dusk daily, every day of the year, FREE admission, car park charge.

Sculpture Trail - Coleford, Gloucestershire

Severn Bore

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Severn Bore

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The Severn Bore is a natural phenomen; a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary of the River Severn. The Severn Bore is one of the biggest in the world, varying in size and power according to the moon and other factors.

Severn Bore - , Gloucestershire

Stratford Park

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Stratford Park


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A 56 acre park located just outside Stoud. Enjoy the woodland walks, ornamental lake, children's play area. Skateboard park. Model train rides for children on some Sundays during the year. Putting green, bowling green, sports courts. Outdoor swimming pool in summer. Brass band concerts on summer Sunday afternoons. Free parking.

Stratford Park - Stroud, Gloucestershire

Strolling in the Stroud District

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Strolling in the Stroud District

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The Stroud District is situated in the South of the Cotswolds and has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Details of guided walks, as well as downloadable maps and directions of walks you can do at your own pace.

Strolling in the Stroud District - the Stroud, Gloucestershire

Symonds Yat Rock

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Symonds Yat Rock

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Situated high above the River Wye, Symonds Yat Rock provides an excellent viewpoint to observe the changing colours of the Wye gorge and surrounding countryside. Spot birds of prey and discover the ancient hill fort. Peregrine Falcons nest on the cliffs and you can see the birds hunt for their young from April to August each year. Waymarked trails and a choice of circular walks through the forest.

Symonds Yat Rock - , Gloucestershire

Windmill Tump Long Barrow

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Windmill Tump Long Barrow


A Neolithic (4000-3500 BC) chambered tomb with an enigmatic 'false entrance'. It seems that the site was used for burials well after the Neolithic period as Roman pottery and coins of Claudius Gothicus (AD 168–70) have been found. Free to visit.

Windmill Tump Long Barrow - Rodmarton, Gloucestershire

Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens


This small urban park of just over 1 hectare, was once a cemetery. It was acquired by St Mary's parish church, to become the New Burial Ground, when the churchyard was becoming full. The original chapel which was built in 1831, still stands in the gardens today and is a Grade II listed building. All the tombstones were removed in 1966 when the gardens were laid out. The Honeybourne Line cycle path runs along the western boundary of the gardens. There is a fenced play area with woodland trail, ornamental trees and formal gardens.

Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Woodchester Park

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Woodchester Park


The remains of an 18th and 19th century landscaped park with a chain of five lakes, set in a tranquil wooded valley. Waymarked trails, steep in places, lead through picturesque scenery and pass by the unfinished Victorian Woodchester Mansion. Parking charge. Dogs under close control, on leads where requested. Open every day, dawn till dusk. National Trust owned.

Woodchester Park - Stonehouse, Gloucestershire


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