Gloucestershire is such a beautiful county to live in. Today I thought I would share some of my favourite places to jump in the car and explore at weekends. Now that the days are longer, the weather warmer and the skies clear I plan to make the most of what is on my doorstep. I have been inspired to write this post as www.chill.ie/car-insurance recently put together an ebook of hidden drives in Ireland which can be viewed here. In Gloucestershire we too have beautiful scenery and Hidden Gems in Gloucestershire to Drive to at Weekends.
- The Forest of Dean has so much to offer. Whether you are looking for caving, abseiling or kayaking the Forest has it on offer. I have rowed down the River Wye many times. I first enjoyed it when I was a student and opted to try water sports. In addition to sports there are craft opportunities or bushcraft for children to learn.
- Walks in the Forest of Dean that are free. Download the Gruffalo App and head to Beechenhurst which is a fun walk for all children. At this time of year there are Bluebell fields also which make for beautiful photos.
- Bourton on the Water is a picture postcard village in the Cotswolds. Bourton is a magnet for tourists visiting the Cotswolds. Especially for overseas visitors. However many locals also like to visit because it has so much to offer. We enjoy the model village and then getting an ice cream and sitting by the stream. You will find children paddling and feeding the ducks. It is well worth a nice walk on a sunny afternoon.
- South Cerney beach is a man made playpark. This is where I learnt to sail but has been developed to offer even more. Paddling and bathing beach, boat hire, lakeside walks, play areas, cafe etc are all onsite and it is a popular family day out in the summer. It is currently closed for refurbishment but due to be operational from the end of May.
- Stroud is full of quirky artisan shops and a creative hub. It also has a great soft play if you need something indoors.
- Cheltenham itself has fantastic shopping and street cafe’s. It is the place to go shopping and then watch the world go by. Pittville park is within walking distance and keeps children entertained for hours. It is a well loved and used park that also has a lake. Park up in Pittville Pump Rooms and pop in a try the Spa Water which is what made Cheltenham the go to place in the Victorian days.
Have you visited Gloucestershire? Where did you visit let me know in the comments.