Family Friendly Walks in and around Cirencester


There are some wonderful walks in and around Cirencester from short and easy walks around town, to longer countryside treks through the surrounding villages.

The Cotswold Water Park

Just east of Cirencester, there are many great circular walks around the lakes of The Cotswold Water Park with varying in distances from just 2km. Most of the routes are well marked with Public Rights of Way signage and are well maintained.

Neigh Bridge Country Park is a particular favourite for families with a buggy-friendly lakeside walk (takes around 40 minutes) and a small playground for youngsters (currently closed due to COVID 19).

Cotswold Country Park and Beach

Open daily from 11-4PM for walks around the lakes, £2 parking charge.

Please be aware that the beach area and amenities are closed now for the winter. The toilets are open.

Walks in Cirencester

In Cirencester itself the three main parks (Abbey Grounds, St Michael's Park and Cirencester Park) are open. NB: Dogs aren't permitted in St Michael's Park.

Just outside of the Abbey Grounds lies Harebushes Walk; a working wood with an abundance of wildlife to be enjoyed by walkers. The 1-mile circular walk is great for families.

On the outskirts of Cirencester are the massive earthwork remains of one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in Britain called Cirencester Amphitheatre. The undulating hills are great for the kids to run up and down and you can also explore the network of paths in the adjacent Querns Wood.

Walks in the surrounding areas

Siccaridge Wood in the Frome Valley is about half a mile west of Sapperton. There is a lovely circular walk from the Daneway Road and back again. The track is fairly narrow and there is a steep pathway halfway so may not be suitable for buggies but a nice distance for school-aged children.

The Chedworth Roman Villa Walk is a moderate circular walk starting from the Roman Villa through Yanworth and Chedworth.

The National Arboretum at Westonbirt re-opened to the public on the 3rd of June with reduced visitor numbers and areas of the Arboretum are still closed; including the Welcome Centre. The children's play areas are now open and masks are to be worn in the shop.

The Thames & Severn Canal is 28¾ miles (46 km) long, and of that, about 18 miles (29 km) is accessible to the public.

There are a number of short routes accessible to families as detailed here by the CiP website.

Please enjoy outdoor spaces safely and sensibly; ensuring you observe the latest government guidelines, park sensibly and take your little home with you.