The Gloucestershire Way Forest and Vale
The Gloucestershire Way route crosses almost the full width of Gloucestershire from the Welsh border town of Chepstow to Tewkesbury on the River Severn. There are three distinct sections to this route; the first through the ancient Forest of Dean; the second across the Severn Vale at Gloucester; and the third across the rolling hills and steep valleys of the Cotswolds as far as Stow on the Wold. Here the route abrubtly changes direction to head west, finally descending the Cotswold escarpment to the river Severn at Tewkesbury. A route of considerable variety and interest which, in the words of it's guide book author was conceived on the theme of 'Forest and Vale and High Blue Hill' taken from a Gloucestershire poem by Will Harvey. The route can easily be tackled in short sections, or circular routes devised to incorporate parts of it.
The route can be broken down into eight stages of about 19km, the end point locations being Parkend, May Hill, Gloucester, Crickley, Salperton, Stow on the Wold, Winchcombe and Tewkesbury. The route links with the Wychavon Way at Winchcombe and with the Severn Way at Tewkesbury. Also included in the guide is an additional route entitled the Worcestershire Way Link which, as the title suggests, links with the Worcestershire Way at the southern end of the Malvern Hills.
- Walk Route - Chepstow-Parkend-Gloucester-Crickley-Salperton-Stow on the Wold-Winchcombe-Tewkesbury
- Miles - 100