Lower Woods Nature Reserve

approx 45 mins walk / 15 mins drive

Get deep into nature at one of the largest ancient woodlands in the south-west. Adventure through 700 acres of beautiful nature reserve that have remained largely unchanged for centuries. Journey through 23 woodlands and spot butterflies, birds and carpets of wildflowers, including bluebells and purple orchids.

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Tortworth Forest Centre

approx 35 mins walk / 11 mins cycle / 5 mins drive

Take part in this community project, based in South Gloucestershire, which improves lives by reconnecting people with nature, through conservation, wellbeing programmes, outdoor events, visitor days, courses and volunteering opportunities.

Westridge Wood

approx 1.5 hrs walk / 30 mins cycle / 10 mins drive

Explore this beautiful woodland that rises 220m above the breath-taking Severn Vale. Popular with walkers, trail runners, mountain bikers and horse riders, experience spectacular views across the river and across to Wales. Continue to the most westerly point and discover the Tyndale Monument – a hilltop tower that commemorates local hero William Tyndall, the martyred 16th century Bible translator. Walkers should allow themselves 2 hours to climb to the top.

Wotton Community Parc

approx 35 mins walk / 10 mins cycle / 3 mins drive

Get your skates on and head to this 38 acre site featuring two all-weather sports pitches, a running trail, skate park, orchard and more. The Parc has been developed by Wotton Community Sports Foundation (WCSF) to provide sports and leisure facilities to Wotton and surrounding villages. You can also pick up a bargain at the regular car boot sales here here.


approx 1 hours walk / 20 mins cycle / 7 mins drive

Take a stroll through Wotton’s bustling town centre and browse a diverse range of independent shops and art galleries. You can find everything from antiques and books to toys and clothes. Don’t miss the Museum & Heritage centre and the Under the Edge Arts Centre.

Take in a movie at the cinema, a dip in the open air swimming pool or get active at the community sports centre (based at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School). There’s fantastic food and drink too – whether you’re shopping for a special dinner party of just your weekly groceries. With the Cotswold Way running right through the centre of the town, the area is a magnet for walkers throughout the year.

Charfield Playing Fields

This community green space also offers a playground and mixed use games area (basketball and football) and tennis courts. Charfield Memorial Hall overlooks the playing field and hosts plenty of activities and clubs every week.

Charfield Meadow Nature Reserve

Approx 15 mins walk north of Charfield, escape to this secluded wildlife haven and discover lush meadows, rich with flowering plants. Throughout spring and summer, walk through spectacular daubs of colour and spot the many butterflies who congregate there.