This is a great place to visit for easy walks through varied and interesting woodland, with good facilities for visitors. It's the National Arboretum, run by the Forestry Commission, so as you would expect you will be able to see an enormous variety of trees and learn a bit about them.
There are essentially two walks, one round the Old Arboretum sloping up from the visitor centre, and the other round the Silk Wood on the other side of the car park. There are numerous variations but specific routes are publicised at different times of the year. We managed to follow both trails, with a short refreshment and shopping break in between, in about two and a half hours - so it's a good place for a half-day visit. You could easily extend this to a full day and make the most of the tranquility. The main paths are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
- I'll remember most many different "treescapes"
- The best bit was the area filled with different Japanese maples
- The worst bit was that the sun never really broke through
- The funniest bit was the strange sculpture "I wish I had a dog"
- It's a good place to walk to get shelter from the wind or the sun
- The only word of warning is to take care of your route if you stop off at Chipping Sodbury!
Events are held throughout the year, e.g. a week-long Festival of the Tree at the end of August. For more information visit the Forestry Commission website or Tel: 01666 880147.
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne< Back to England page for links to other stories
|Location||On the edge of the Cotswolds, on the A433 about 4 miles south-west of Tetbury and 24 miles north-east of Bristol.|
|Date walked||4 August 2006|
|Walk type||Countryside and easy hill walks|
|Difficulty||Suitable for anyone who enjoys an easy walk|
|Distance||5km / 3 miles approx|
|Time taken||2 hrs|
|Map used||Map leaflet supplied with admission tickets|
|Walk source info||Map leaflet. For further info: Tel: 01666 880147|
|Getting there||By car from Bristol via Chipping Sodbury|
|Places to stay||Hotels in Tetbury, Chipping Sodbury etc|