Ashton Court Estate, Bristol. Pack a picnic basket and make a day of exploring the woods, footpaths and deer park.
Brown’s Folly, Bath. Hidden in the trees near Bathford is this folly, which affords stunning views of the surrounding hills.
Chepstow, South Wales. Just a short hop over the Severn is this sweet town, dominated by its castle, with commanding views of the Wye.
Devizes, Witshire. Stroll around the famous flight of locks up Caen Hill, or hire a canal boat for the day and learn to operate the lock gates yourself.
Easter Compton, South Gloucestershire. The quiet country lanes and footpaths around Easter Compton and Pilning offer dramatic views over the Severn bridges.
Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Track the deer and wild boar that call the dense pine forest home and mess around in a boat on Mallard’s Pike Lake.
Highbridge & Burnham, Somerset. Take the train to the coast and explore Burnham-on-Sea, a pretty resort with miles of beach.
Iron Acton, South Gloucestershire. Potter around the chocolate-box cottages, country pubs and tiny shops of Iron Acton and Chipping Sodbury.
Jack’s Green, Gloucestershire. Venture deep into the Cotswolds to discover picturesque Painswick and its surrounding beech woods.
Keynsham, Somerset. Pick up the towpath along the river Avon for an idyllic stroll. Keep your eyes out for birds like herons and kingfishers, and for bats at sunset.
Llanthony Priory, Black Mountains. Stroll through the dramatic ruins of this priory, founded by Augustinian monks in the 12th century.
Monmouth, South Wales. A pretty market town with an impressive bridge and castle. Nearby Symonds Yat is a renowned beauty spot.
Oldbury Court Estate, Bristol. Pick up the Frome Valley Walkway and meander along the river eastwards towards Frenchay, or west to Snuff Mills and Eastville Park.
Penarth, South Wales. Accessible by train, or via a nice walk around Cardiff Bay, the pier is an elegant piece of Victorian engineering. Stand at the end and wave at Weston.
Quantock Hills, Somerset. From Over Stowey, make your way up through the woods and keep an eye out for birds of prey catching thermals overhead.
Stanton Drew, Somerset. Visit the Neolithic standing stones just outside the village, and then head over to Pensford, with its impressive viaduct.
Troopers Hill, Bristol. A haven for wildlife and a peaceful spot in the heart of the city. If the ferry is running, it’s a short hop to Beese’s for refreshments too.
Uley Long Barrow, Gloucestershire. One of the UK’s best preserved Neolithic burial mounds. Crawl inside the 5,000 year-old structure, or eat your sandwiches on top.
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