Gloucestershire

Gloucester Loop

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Overview

From Gloucester head to Maisemore to see Severn Bore as it races up the river. Relax in the Forest of Dean area before visiting Clearwell Caves. Visit Chepstow with its magnificent castle before crossing to Berkeley Castle. Take in the market town of Stroud and visit Tetbury and Cirencester before arriving at Cheltenham.

Gloucester

The cathedral city of The Cotswolds, with a history stretching back over 2000 years. Explore the 11th century cathedral and tomb of King Edward II, the Gloucester Dock area with its Mariners Chapel, dry dock and renovated Victorian warehouses.

Maisemore

Take your place on the Maisemore bridge or river bank to get a great view of the phenomenon that is the Severn Bore, as the tide rushes along the Severn with the third highest tidal range in the world. Watch out for surfers!

Forest of Dean

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the Forest of Dean area - explore on foot, by bike, on horseback or by car. Nature lovers can enjoy a range of wildlife including many species of birds, butterflies and mammals including wild boar.

Clearwell

The village of Clearwell is home to Clearwell Caves where you can explore 9 show caverns, ancient mines and a range of experiences before enjoying a bite to eat in the café. Nearby you can discover the Secret Forest and Iron Age village.

Chepstow

Just across the border in Monmouthshire on the banks of the River Wye is Chepstow. Take in the magnificent Norman castle overlooking Wye, explore the Georgian high street Port Wall and Town Gate or if you fancy a flutter spend a day at the races.

Berkeley

Situated in the Vale of Berkeley overlooking the River Severn, the Berkeley skyline is dominated by the impressive Berkeley Castle home to a great collection of ceramics, silverware, paintings and over 20,000 documents.

Stroud

The market town of Stroud nestles at the foot of the Cotswold Hills. Explore the town’s industrial heritage, take a walk on the banks of the Stroudwater Canal and enjoy the range of the independent retailers and eateries.

Tetbury

Located on the site of an ancient hill fort the market town of Tetbury is well known for its honey coloured architecture and Highgrove, the home of Prince Charles. Enjoy the boutiques, local food and drink and explore Chipping Steps, Market House and St. Mary’s church.

Cirencester

A market town on the banks of the River Churn, Cirencester – the capital of the Cotswolds has a range of attractions – explore the landscape of Cirencester Park, the antique and collectable market, Roman heritage at Corinium Museum and if you time it right, the annual Gloucester Vintage & Country Extravaganza.

Cheltenham

World famous for the Cheltenham Festival, the regency spa town of Cheltenham has a range of attractions to explore. If horse racing isn’t for you then take in the Regency buildings, including the Pittville Pump Room, Pittville Park, the Wilson Museum or enjoy some of the excellent shopping on offer.

Overview

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Gloucester

2
3.8 miles

Maisemore

3
17.0 miles

Forest of Dean

4
6.6 miles

Clearwell

5
11.0 miles

Chepstow

6
21.6 miles

Berkeley

7
14.2 miles

Stroud

8
10.8 miles

Tetbury

9
10.7 miles

Cirencester

10
15.8 miles

Cheltenham

What to see and do…

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Forest Holidays- Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean, Bracelands Drive, Christchurch, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7NN

Great Witcombe Roman Villa

Brockworth, Gloucestershire, GL3 4TW

Malmaison Hotel, Bar & Brasserie-Cheltenham

Malmaison Cheltenham, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3AS

About the Gloucester Loop Trail

Distance:111 miles
Cities / Towns:10
Number Of Businesses:3

Leave the charming cathedral city of Gloucester to experience the sight of the Severn Bore as the tide races up the river at Maisemore. Enjoy the Forest of Dean area before going underground at Clearwell Caves. Cross the border to Monmouthshire and visit Chepstow with its magnificent castle before travelling to Berkeley to take in the views and explore Berkeley Castle. Visit the market town of Stroud before calling at Tetbury. Enjoy the sights of Cirencester before finishing up in the regency town of Cheltenham.

King of the Castle

The trail of the border county takes in the magnificent castles at Chepstow and Berkeley – explore the prowess and history of the great fortresses with their stunning views.

Going Underground

The caverns and mines at Clearwell make for a fascinating day out. Take in 4500 years of mining history and experience the atmosphere of the show caverns and the working mine museum.

Shop 'til You Drop

Gloucester, Cirencester and Cheltenham offer a wide choice for the discerning shopper. Elsewhere in the surrounding market towns you will find a bounty of independent retailers and many local food and drink products.

Also Nearby

Forest Holidays- Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean, Bracelands Drive, Christchurch, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7NN

Great Witcombe Roman Villa

Brockworth, Gloucestershire, GL3 4TW

Malmaison Hotel, Bar & Brasserie-Cheltenham

Malmaison Cheltenham, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3AS