Discover the wildflowers of the Cotswolds this summer
Wildflower-rich grasslands alive with colour are among the iconic summer sights of the British countryside, no more so than in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Around the Cotswolds there are some 400 limestone grassland sites supporting over 100 species of wildflowers and grasses as well as over 25 species of butterfly. As well as important habitats, our grasslands are wonderful places to relax in and enjoy.
This year a number of our guided walks take place at some of the best places where you can explore and learn more about the wildflowers of the Cotswolds. Details of these walks are listed below and for further information on all our walks, click here to view the full programme this summer or pick up a copy of the Cotswold Lion at your local tourist information centre.
Sat 25 May 10am
Lineover and Ravensgate
Easy • 3 hours • 4 miles
A slow walk to enjoy the spring flowers, the trees, and the views in ancient Lineover Wood and on Ravensgate Common. The walk does have one climb but there will be plenty of time to stop and see things.
Starting point: Lineover Wood.
Thurs 20 June 10am
The Flowers and Wildlife of the Glyme Valley
Easy • 3 hours • 4.5 miles
A circular walk led by an expert naturalist with a feast of wildlife habitats including rich limestone grassland, (hopefully seeing a rare plant) ancient hedgerows as well as Over Norton parkland with its veteran trees and orchids.
Starting point: Chipping Norton Town Hall
Mon 24 June 2pm
Summer Ice Cream Walk No. 1
Moderate • 3 hours • 5.5 miles
An afternoon walk from Minchinhampton to Besbury Common, later crossing Minchinhampton Common with its abundant wild flowers, archaeological features and spectacular views. Before returning via the attractive village of Box there will be a stop for ice cream.
Starting point: Alongside Minchinhampton Church
Thurs 27 June 2pm
Flowers of the Limestone Grassland
Moderate • 3 hours • Up to 4 miles
We will walk over the agriculturally unimproved grassland of Cleeve Common looking for typical limestone grassland flowers and some Cotswold specialities. Good footwear (it may be steep and rough in places) and suitable refreshments please.
Starting point: Cleeve Hill Quarry Car Park
Fri 19 July 10.30am
Butterflies and their Habitat on Stinchcombe Hill – Summer Species
Easy • 2.5 hours • 3 miles
A walk around Stinchcombe Hill with Chris Wiltshire, the Gloucestershire County Butterfly Recorder. Learn about the summer butterfly species, such as Chalk Hill Blue and Dark Green Fritillary, which inhabit this unique landscape and witness examples, weather and climate change permitting. Suitable for families, but not buggies or pushchairs.
Starting point: Stinchcombe Hill public Car Park (not golf club Car Park).