Things to Do / Walking


“Walking is man’s best medicine,” said Hippocrates. We agree, and the Lower Severn Vale Levels offer scenery, history and wildlife to tempt walkers of all abilities. All you need is some sturdy footwear (wellies in winter), water and snacks, comfortable clothing, a waterproof jacket (weather depending) and a good map.

To get you started, we’ve got 15 great new walking routes. Five are easy access, suitable for prams and wheelchairs. Ten cross through fields and woods, take you high up for views or just lead you to amble along the riverside. All our walks are fully way-marked and the leaflets have clear maps, directions, useful local information and tell you about the points of interest you’ll pass along the way. Explore the links below, chose one you like, and get started!

There are also links further down to The Pilning and Severn Beach History Group’s Heritage Trails, to the Olveston Parish Trails, and further information on National Routes. We hope it won’t be long before you’re inspired to step out into A Forgotten Landscape.

Easy Access Walks

  1. Little Littleton Loop
  2. Severn Beach Short North
  3. Severn Beach Short South
  4. All Around Avonmouth
  5. Lamplighter’s Walk

Regular Walks

  1. Hill Hike
  2. Windbound Wander
  3. Oldbury Outing
  4. Oldbury-Kington Loop
  5. Long Littleton Loop
  6. Two Bridges Loop
  7. Severn Beach Stride
  8. Spaniorum Skyway
  9. Lawrence Weston Moor Loop
  10. Shire Stroll

Pilning and Severn Beach History Group trails

New Passage Heritage Trail

Severn Beach Heritage Trail

Olveston Parish Trails

We’re very proud to have helped the Olveston Parish Footpaths Group create their six new walking routes. Each walk is about 2 miles long – a good length for a family ramble – taking in local points of interest. They all start or finish in either Olveston, Tockington or Old Down. Each village has a pub or shop for rest and refreshment. Click below to download the leaflets.

Walk 1 – Round Olveston

Walk 2 – Olveston and Old Down

Walk 3 – Old Down and Rudgeway

Walk 4 – Old Down and Tockington

Walk 5 – Between Olveston and Tockington

Walk 6 – Down to the motorway

National Trails

The Severn Way is one of the longest way-marked walking trails in Britain. It follows the river Severn from its source at Plynlimon in Wales all the way to the sea, taking in a distance of 210 miles.

The section of the Severn Way within A Forgotten Landscape winds its way through a beautiful and remote rural landscape around Hill and Shepperdine. Heading south, the route passes by the old ferry crossing at Aust and under the two Severn crossings before entering into the industrial landscape of Severnside and Avonmouth. The trail then follows the River Avon and finishes in the centre of Bristol.

You can download more information on the Severn Way through South Gloucestershire here.

The Jubilee Way is a 17-mile route that runs from the Cotswolds to the River Severn and a section of the route falls within A Forgotten Landscape. Traverse the floodplain from Alveston to Littleton taking in Woodwell Meadows, a local nature reserve, along the way. Take a moment to enjoy the splendid views of the Severn before continuing on through farm land towards the river. The path finishes at the top of Aust Cliff where there is a viewpoint looking out to Wales and the Forest of Dean.

You can download more information on the Jubilee Way here.

Local Routes

There are a wide range of local routes to explore in the area. The South Gloucestershire Council and TravelWest websites are great places to find inspiration.



Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Related Projects

© 2018 A Forgotten Landscape: A Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme.


Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?