One of the most important things that we can do for both our bodies and our minds is to spend time exercising in the great outdoors. Particularly during the winter months when we can easily let a low mood get the better of us, it is important that you still make time to walk in the countryside.
One of the most popular trails for beautiful views and places to visit is the Cotswold way. Grab your walking boots, aran sweaters and warm coats and head out on a walking trail through the highlights of the famous Cotswold Way.
Starting in the pretty wool market town of Chipping Campden, the trail heads south towards Broadway. This beautiful part of the Cotswolds boasts the fantastic Broadway tower standing on Beacon Hill, which is the creation of Capability Brown and James Wyatt.
From here you head towards Winchcombe, a pretty quintessential Cotswold village which has some lovely places to enjoy some food and drink. Heading further south you will come up to Cleeve Hill, the highest point on the trail and the highest point in Gloucestershire where you will be rewarded for your climb with stunning views of the county.
Heading along to Painswick and Edge, the famous setting of the local resident Laurie Lee’s book Cider with Rosie. Head further south towards Dursley, where you will see plenty of spectacular views as you walk. Going towards Wotton under Edge you will see the Tynedale monument before heading downhill. Visit Horton Court the oldest Vicarage in England whilst in Tormarton.
After this the trail takes you through some beautiful parts of the countryside – the Dyrham woods and park, which was once a deer park included.