Things to Do / Walking


  • Picture Credit: Naomi Peacock

“Walking is man’s best medicine,” said Hippocrates. We agree, and the Severn Vale area offers scenery, history and wildlife to tempt walkers of all abilities. All you need is some sturdy footwear, refreshing water, comfortable clothing, and a waterproof jacket (weather depending).

Take a look at the options below for maps, trail information and links to further resources to set you on the right track. We’ll also be working with the Ramblers and local communities to create new routes as part of our Access the Vale project. We hope it won’t be long before you’re inspired to step out into A Forgotten Landscape.

New! 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 their leaflets – one for each trail!

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 Cliffs 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.


Did You Know

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