5 great places to caravan in Gloucestershire
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Gloucestershire borders Wales as well as six English counties and it truly is the English countryside at its best. The majority of the Cotswolds is located within its boundaries, as is the ancient Forest of Dean and the stunning Wye Valley.
If outdoor pursuits are high on your agenda, this is the perfect place for them. There are endless opportunities for walking, hiking, cycling and more, giving you the chance to explore the many stunning landscapes here. You could even venture into Wales and explore the Brecon Beacons if you fancied a day trip as they too are right on Gloucestershire’s doorstep.
Gloucestershire covers 1,220 sq miles and has a population of over 916,000. It enjoys a fantastic position, with easy access to Wales and the Midlands, but also not too far from the South and South West of England for sunny coastal escapes. It’s a county rich in history and many of its towns and villages provide a step back in time with their winding streets and cobbled pavements.
Gloucestershire is known for its Double Gloucester cheese, which has been produced in the region since the 16th century. It is England’s fifth most popular cheese and is made with full fat cow's milk using the cream from one night's milking and also the following day's milking, which explains the ‘double’ in its name.
Another well-known food to the area is Gloucestershire Old Spot Pork, which is reportedly some of the tastiest pork you can buy. It comes from Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, which were first reared in the county. They have a distinctive look as they’re predominantly white with black spots.
There are many great caravan sites in Gloucestershire. Google what’s available or use search sites such as Caravan Sitefinder, Campsites.co.uk or Pitchup.com. These are great as you can immediately select the dates you want and see what’s available, as well as add filters to include must-have features and discount things you don’t wish to encounter.
5 great Gloucestershire locations…
The cathedral city of Gloucester is Britain’s most inland port. Its famous cathedral was built in 1089 and is stunning in its architectural design. It houses the tomb of King Edward II; you can discover the cathedral’s entire history on an expert-led guided tour. Fans of Harry Potter will also be interested to know that scenes from the Philosopher's Stone (2001), Chamber of Secrets (2002) and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) were filmed at Gloucester Cathedral!
There are a range of museums to explore in the city if that’s your thing - the Jet Age Museum, Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and National Waterways Museum will all provide an interesting few hours. For a more leisurely pace, why not enjoy a walk along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, a peruse around Highnam Court Gardens or a stroll round the shops at Gloucester Quays.
Often dubbed the ‘capital of the Cotswolds’, Cirencester offers a variety of activities for people of all ages. From the Cotswold Country Park and Beach and Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool for the summer months, to a range of outdoor places to visit year-round including the beautiful Cirencester Park, Cerney House Gardens and Cirencester Amphitheatre, which is an English Heritage site. The Corinium Museum is another top attraction, with its principal collection comprising many finds from the Roman Town of Corinium. The museum also guides visitors through the history of the Cotswolds, right up to the modern day.
This is a particularly great place for families as there are a whole host of fun things to keep everyone entertained! Experience a ride on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway which operates a 14 mile route between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway through breathtaking Cotswolds scenery. Pittville Park, which was opened in 1825, is proud to hold the Green Flag Award, a benchmark standard for publicly accessible parks. It is Grade 2 listed and offers a blend of history along with modern facilities such as children’s playground, aviaries, tennis courts, pitch and putt and a skate park.
The Cotswolds are famous for their honey-stone towns and villages set within lush rolling hills. The area is quintessentially English and a visit here is sure to fill you with awe. The Cotswold Way is a must for hikers; it offers a 104-mile trail, starting close to Stratford-Upon-Avon and finishing in Bath. For motoring enthusiasts, the Cotswold Motoring Museum is worth a look and the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is a great family day out. The Arboretums at Batsford and Westonbirt provide lovely walks surrounded by a beautiful range of different trees.
Tewkesbury is a pretty riverside town offering plenty of opportunity for leisurely walks, boat trips and a stroll around the traditional high street. Tewkesbury Abbey is well worth a visit with its impressive architecture, stunning stained glass windows and range of other attractions such as tower tours, interactive tours, tea room and shop. Tewkesbury Museum is a great way to discover the town’s rich history and it’s housed in a delightful Tudor building. Showborough House Sculpture Garden is the ideal place to while away a few hours, enjoying an array of sculptures from local artists in a classic English garden setting.
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