Self Guided Walks & Tours In Gloucester


The hotel has some laminated leaflets available at the Edward Hotel’s reception detailing several short walks. Further information and advice can also be given. The walks are mainly circular and can be combined. They take in the major sites in the city and add a little explanation to what can be seen.

The Via Sacra walk is signposted. Other walks are; Martyrs, Monk’s and Maritime, Park and Spa, Potter and Pilgrims.

The best free app is Gloucester Walking Tours which you access via smartphones and tablets ( The City Tour, Docks Tour and King’s, Queen and Martyrs are a great way to see the city. 

There are also some waterside walks to the south of the city again available laminated at the Edward Hotel reception. These can be started from the city or accessed by a short bus ride.

The Gloucestershire Trail and Gloucester Waterways Trail produced by the BBC are available online and at reception at The Edward Hotel. These are longer walks are require reasonable footwear to cope with riverside walking. Alney Island is part of these trails which is a nature reserve on the doorstep of the city centre.

The Severn Way, meanders through Gloucester on route from Plynmilon (Powys) to Bristol, a 224 mile trail.

The Glevum Way is a 24 mile circular walk around Gloucester. It is often walked as part of charity fund raising. It takes in suburbs, countryside, canal, and river so is very varied. This walk can be started at the Gloucester Docks.

The Gloucestershire Way is a 94 mile walk that is often completed in sections. The two closest sections to Gloucester are; from May Hill to Gloucester a13 mile trail; and Gloucester to Crickley, a 12 mile trail.

The Gustav Holst Way is a 34mile trail that starts at Holst’s birthplace in Cranham and takes in the highest point of the Cotswolds and a Neolithic long barrow, Belas Knap.

The Forest of Dean, Cotswolds and Wye Valley offer superb walking trails including Offa’s Dyke.