Million year old fossils, shady bluebell woods and the springtime beauty of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are all waiting to be discovered during the May half term break.

The Cotswolds Conservation Board is providing a new programme of nine short family strolls across the AONB, which are designed to provide families with the opportunity to get out and about over the school holidays.

"The walks will provide an ideal opportunity for families to find out more about the countryside around them and to enjoy the spring colours in the Cotswolds" said Dave Scott, one of the Cotswolds Conservation Board's 340 Voluntary Wardens.

The strolls are ideal for younger members of the family and will cover short distances at an easy pace. Each walk focuses on a particular theme, such as wildlife or woodlands, which walks leaders will discuss with the public along the route.

It is all part of a wider walks programme that can be found in the Cotswold Conservation Board's newspaper, The Cotswold Lion.

Click here to visit pages 11, 12 and 13 of the online version of the Lion for the walks listings.

(Half term walks are highlighted in pink and bear a family logo), or pick a copy of the Cotswold Lion up from your local Tourist Information Centre.

Unfortunately due to the nature of the walks, dogs will not be allowed.


Notes to editors:

The full walks listings in the Cotswold Lion newspaper are available online at www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk or available on request from the Conservation Board Offices. Tel: 01451 862000.

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is cared for by the Cotswolds Conservation Board - an independent organisation with 40 members, 17 nominated by local authorities, eight by parish councils and 15 appointed by Government.

The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.

Over 340 Voluntary Wardens give their time to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds AONB. In 2005 Wardens gave over 34,000 hours of their time.

Contact: Becky Jones / Claire Cunningham Tel: 01451 862000

Cotswolds Conservation Board, Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH. Tel: 01451 862000

Website: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk