Three Summer Walks
Our Cheltenham hotel is perfectly situated for guests who wish to feel closer to nature – whether that is enjoying our grounds with a cool drink or exploring further afield on walks or trails. Here are three summer walks, of varying difficulty, that you can enjoy in Cheltenham and the surrounding areas.
The Cleeve Hill circular route allows you to reach the highest point of the Cotswolds. In return for your exertion on this 6-mile route, (we use that term mildly, as this is a beginner walk) you are rewarded with complete views of the Cotswolds from an altitude of 1,083ft (330m). From Cheltenham itself to the racecourse, the River Severn to Wales and the West, you will even be able to see Winchcombe and surrounding areas. This is one walk that has to be seen to be believed. If you prefer, you can also make this a shorter route of 4 miles, but bear in mind that each route incorporates The Cotswold Way that we will mention later in this post.
Cheltenham’s Circular Footpath
If you don’t want to try a beginner’s route or are more confident in your rambling or hiking ability, then why not try Cheltenham’s Circular Footpath? A true intermediate challenge, you can explore the outskirts of Cheltenham on this 24-mile walk that is balanced between both town and countryside. We like this route because you have the luxury of breaking up your day by visiting some of the town’s delights as you go. Starting and ending at Pittville Park, on your journey you will be enthralled by all that Cheltenham has to offer as you pass the racecourse and other famous sights.
The Cotswold Way
The epitome of Cheltenham and Cotswold exploration, if you are able to then it is well worth setting time aside to undertake The Cotswold Way. As we already mentioned, you can try shorter walks that make up this larger more experienced route, but nothing compares to the satisfaction of having completed it in full yourself. You will go at your own pace between Chipping Campden and Bath – that’s a massive 97.5 miles that grants you plenty of panoramic views. It is worth noting that The Cotswold Way connects with Cheltenham nearby at Crickley Hill, which also offers its own walk. Given that you will pass through the likes of Stanton, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Little Sodbury, Cold Ashton and Bath (to name just a few), we highly recommend staying over in a hotel like Ellenborough Park to ensure that you are well rested for the next leg of your Cotswold Way trip. In return, you will be able to view the River Severn, Malvern Hills and Forest of Dean and other places of historical interest.
There are plenty of other walks for you to attempt too – you can see a list of them here. Whatever you try, at Ellenborough Park we are able to offer a welcome rest that surpasses many other Cheltenham hotels; 5 star service, award-winning dishes and a superb location.
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