The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers some of the finest scenery in England – perfect for getting out and exploring. See what woods the Woodland Trust recommend for your next trip to the Cotswolds!
The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers some of the finest scenery in England – perfect for getting out and exploring.
No outdoor adventure is complete without a walk in the woods, so here are five of the best the area has to offer:
There is plenty to see at Lineover. Much of the wood is ancient and it is home to a Beech tree that is over 600 years old and thought to be the third largest tree of its kind in England! Set on a hillside, Lineover has several viewpoints that offer fine views out across the Chilterns and the Malvern Hills.
Huge numbers of wildflowers bloom in spring and summer and more than 500 species of fungi have been recorded. These include the brilliantly-named lemon disco and jelly ear. Peregrine falcons have even been spotted here too.
This stunning ancient woodland sits at the southern edge of the Cotswolds. From bright bluebells in spring to golden-brown tree tops in autumn, the colours of Colerne Park & Monks Wood are always a sight to behold. Roman remains have been discovered here, so, if you’re really lucky, you may stumble across an ancient find!
This wood is a fantastic spot to look for wildflowers. Visit in spring and you’re sure to see bluebells, while rarer species like Solomon’s-seal and spiked star of Bethlehem can also be found.
See all the colours nature has to offer in this pocket of Gloucestershire woodland. A visit in spring will reward you with bright bluebells and other wonderful wildflowers. Come back in autumn and take in the golds, reds and oranges as leaves begin to fall.
A mixture of young woodland and open grassland, Barber Wood is perfect for walking and offers fine views across the rolling Cotswold landscape. The Gloucestershire Way runs through the site and can be followed if you’re feeling extra adventurous.
Visit the wood and there’s a good chance you’ll see rabbits scurrying to and fro. If you’re really lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a stoat bounding along in search of its next meal.
Part of the fantastic network of woods along the Cotswold escarpment, the origins of this site can be traced back to the Domesday Book. The whole area is criss-crossed with well used footpaths and offers great views in all directions.