The Cotswolds countryside around Tetbury is perfect for walking and cycling and there’s plenty to do further afield for active families, including family cycle rides and walks, swimming and activities at leisure centres, water-sports around the Cotswold Water Park, horse-riding and of course just enjoying playing in the great outdoors!
Whether you are a serious walker, a casual rambler or an occasional stroller, walking is the best way to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the area around Tetbury or further afield in the Cotswolds.
Tetbury And District Footpath Group www.tetburywalkers.co.uk walk every Tuesday April to October, open to everyone and often take in the local hospitality! They also organise a walking festival in April each year. See their website for more information.
If you want some experienced guidance and expert interpretation of the landscape, then why not join one of the regular guided walks led by Cotswolds Conservation Board voluntary wardens www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
There are also professional guides, such as Cotswold Guided Walks www.cotswoldguidedwalks.com, who charge for longer or more specialised walks. There are a number of Long Distance Footpaths crossing the local area including the Monarchs Way, Macmillan Way and the Palladian Way. The nearest point to access or leave the Cotswold Way is at Coaley Peak approximately 10 miles from Tetbury.
Maps, walks and guides
With so many quiet country lanes and secluded bridleways the Tetbury Visitor Information Centre has the relevant Ordnance Survey Explorer OS168 or OL168 maps you need to devise your own route. For those who prefer a route to follow, we also stock a number of books and several local walks developed by the Tetbury and District Footpath Group available to buy.
Downloadable walking routes
A walking tour of Tetbury
With sweeping views across open countryside, quiet lanes lined with stone walls and wildflowers along the hedgerows, the countryside around Tetbury offers a perfect cycling experience. The terrain is best described as gentle and rolling, so that any hills are rewarded with a free wheel afterwards. Small villages with pubs and inns offer a welcomed opportunity to take a well-earned (or not!) break for food and drink.
Cycle hire and repairs
Bainton Bikes cycle hire in Tetbury on a self-service 24 hours a day 7 days a week basis, from a number of hubs in the town. By simply using an App and Bluetooth on your smart phone you can unlock and lock the bikes at your leisure. More details can be found on the Bainton Cycles website www.baintonbikes.com/bike-hire/tetbury.
Veloton is a bike shop with a difference. With the expression ‘Coffee makes the wheels go round’ they have coupled a bike shop with a coffee bar. Visitors are able to join one of the Veloton group rides which are a great way to meet fellow cyclists whilst gliding through the beautiful Cotswold countryside, in around 90 minutes, so maybe not for the feint-hearted. Visit www.veloton.co.uk for more details.
Maps and guides
With so many quiet country lanes and secluded bridleways the Tetbury Visitor Information Centre has the relevant Ordnance Survey Explorer OS168 or OL168 maps you need to devise your own route. For those who prefer a route to follow, we also stock a number of books with cycle routes in the Cotswolds.
Downloadable cycle routes
There are a number of free downloadable cycle routes available from the official Cotswolds website www.cotswolds.com along with other independent websites.
Tetbury makes a perfect destination for a golfing break with several golf clubs within a few minutes’ drive from the town.
Westonbirt has a picturesque and challenging golf course open to members of the local golfing community and beyond, offering both membership and pay-as-you-play green fees. The course is set within the grounds of the historic Westonbirt House and it provides access to 9 quality golf holes, providing a memorable location for beginners and the more experienced golfer. Website
Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club
Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club is located high up in the hills above the Severn Valley just 20 minutes from Tetbury. With breath-taking views across Gloucestershire and into Wales the course was described by the late Henry Longhurst as one of the most scenic courses in Europe. Website
Minchinhampton Golf Club
There are three courses at the Minchinhampton Golf Club set high on the rolling Cotswolds just 15 minutes away. With 125 years of history and three truly outstanding tests of golf the two championship courses; The Avening and The Cherington situated near the village of Avening and The Old Course set upon Minchinhampton Common combine to produce three outstanding days of golf. Website
Oaksey Golf Club
Oaksey Golf Club is situated on the Oaksey Park Golf and Leisure Estate which is located 9 miles from Tetbury near to the Cotswolds Water Park on the Wiltshire Gloucestershire border. The highly acclaimed 9 hole course has been established for over 18 years. Website
The Cotswold Water Park is an area of 40 square miles with more than 150 lakes south of Cirencester. All outdoor needs satisfied – nature reserves, country parks, water sports, walking, cycling, birdwatching, fishing, riding, caravanning and camping, and much more! How about rally driving, paintballing, clay pigeon shooting, high ropes adventure to name a few? There’s even a beach!
The Cotswold Water Park has so much to offer, from a beautiful lakeside stroll to lunch in a Cotswold village pub; from an exhilarating day of watersports to a tranquil morning of birdwatching. For more information, visit www.waterpark.org.
For those wishing to experience the glorious surrounding countryside of Tetbury on horseback, the nearest riding centre is Barton End and caters for both the experienced and novice rider. Website