THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE WAY

Running between Chepstow on the Severn Estuary to the historic town of Tewkesbury, site of one of the decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses in 1471, the 94-mile Gloucestershire Way offers an unrivalled variety of walking in the county, combining woodland walking in the Forest of Dean, riverside walking around Gloucester and the much-loved Cotswolds.

You can choose to do all or some of the Gloucestershire Way and Walklite Baggage Transfer is happy to discuss the route in detail to help you make up your mind - or see David's blog from his walk in this section.

Itinerary

We have done a lot of the hard work for you in terms of matching the route to accommodation options and there is lots of information on this site to help you plan your trip in detail. The Gloucestershire Way is best tackled in eight daily sections, which allows for a shorter day mid-way to allow you to explore some of the iconic Cotswold villages at leisure. The Gloucestershire Way is marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer series of maps and the relevant maps are OL14 (Wye Valley & Forest of Dean), OL179 (Gloucester, Cheltenham & Stroud), OL45 (The Cotswolds) and OL190 (Malvern Hills & Bredon Hill).
The Gloucestershire Way was devised by Gerry & Kate Stewart and their book The Gloucestershire Way is also available from local publishers Walking Pages or Countryside-Matters.

Highlights

Where do we start? Well, the woodland sections in the Forest of Dean are truly lovely, with the glitter of water from the River Severn giving way slowly to majestic stands of trees full of birdsong as you make your way to historic Speech House, the 'parliament' of the Forest. Wildlife includes deer and wild boar.
May Hill is a true landmark of the West, its nest of trees at the summit make it recognisable for miles around - you will go right over the top and enjoy an unrivalled view of the Severn Valley as you descend.
The riverside sections en-route to Gloucester allow to you enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the River Severn as you head for historic Gloucester, which you skirt by following one of the channels of the Severn around the north of the city.
Moving across the Severn Valley, in front of you stands Crickley Hill, which was inhabited long before the Roman invaders came marching over the top and founded the city of Gloucester as a legionary fort. The climb up Crickley Hill is a real highlight and your first 'Cotswold' experience.
It is all about the Cotswolds from here as you zig-zag your walk across countryside to Stow-on-the-Wold. Our routing allows for a quieter day so you can get the most out of the lovely towns and villages in this area, with an easy diversion available into Bourton-on-the-Water using any of the many long-distance trails that pass through this most popular of walking areas.
Then to lovely Winchcombe, a beautiful town with Sudeley Castle as its illustrious neighbour, before you come off the Cotswold ridge and down into the valley again for your final section into Tewkesbury.
The path finishes at Tewkesbury Abbey, which is a must for a visit, and make sure you also leave time to wander around the town itself with its host of half-timbered buildings and perhaps Bloody Meadow down by the River Severn, where the Lancastrian ranks were decimated at the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471.

Extra Days or Short Breaks

The whole route takes eight days but you can have extra days or do the walk in stages - please talk to us about your plans, we have walked the route ourselves and can help you with practical advice in terms of accommodation and route-planning. There is also an optional extra day available, which will take you from Tewkesbury to the Malvern Hills - again, talk to us and we can advise you about this.

Our Service

We can move your baggage to your next accommodation point each morning so it is available for you when you arrive after your day's walking. We offer a hassle-free service and supply luggage tags so that your bags can be easily identified. We are also happy to liaise with your accommodation provider so that you can just get on with your walking.
After you have booked your accommodation, email us a list of where you are staying and we will confirm your itinerary - we would also be happy to answer any questions you might have about either the route or our service.