Any one thinking of moving here to Gloucester either because of work or maybe retirement should seriously consider it because apart from the excellent amenities and hospital the City has access to the some go the most stunning landscapes in Great Britain. I mean it where else can you be but a stone through away form three areas of outstanding natural beauty. The South and East you have the Cotswolds, to the North there are the Malvern’s and to the West you have the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean but beyond that there is the but a short hop into Wales and the Black Mountains. When I say about retirement, I am thinking of the fabulous Gloucestershire Park Homes that are sighted in the rural out of city area in Twigworth check out http://www.parkhomelife.com/ for more details. With great links to the A40 A419 and the M5 you are in the prime place to be able to get out and explore the fantastic countryside of the following places.
- The Cotswolds. Stretching from Bath in the South to Chipping Camden in the North the Cotswolds is a range of long sloping hills that dominate the landscape around Gloucester. You really can’t miss them. They are perfect for stroll like up on Rodborough Common or the manicured splendour of Cirencester Park, Cirencester being the capital of the Cotswolds. From the pastoral delights of the North to the slightly wilder forested south the honey coloured villages and quiet country lanes will keep you busy with exploring for years.
- The Malverns. Why not go further afield up the M5 to the Malverns or go through the picturesque market town of Tewkesbury and you will find a range of magnificent hills that will require a bit of puff to get up but are worth it in the end. Check out British Camp for a panoramic view that is unbridled. You’ll even be able to see the Cotswolds in the distance.
- The Wye valley and Forest of Dean. The Forest is one of the oldest natural woods in the UK and this historic area has many a wooded glade to wander through. A trip to Symonds Yat to see one of the most photographed vistas in the country from its summit. A nice leisurely walk up the river Wye is also a must do at some point as it snakes through the valley closing following Offa’s Dike the natural boundary between Wales and England.
- The Black Mountains. These brooding beauties are a wonderous sight. The town of Hay on Wye is here with all of its famous second hand book shops.