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This is our preferred 'no thinking' walk. When you just need to get outdoors and remind yourself of the amazing countryside around where we live. And there have been many occasions when we've bumped into neighbours doing exactly the same walk. It's a bit less than 2km, so will take about 30 minutes, depending on how much you stop to pick blackberries, listen for owls or watch the tractors. It's a ...

This walk is a bit far away really, but worth sharing in case you're interested in visiting the Black Mountains when you come to stay. The Black Mountains is the most easterly part of the Brecon Beacons, and therefore the closest to Tibberton Cottage. On a rare child free day in early August, we drove for an hour to the little village of Pengenffordd, a bit beyond Crickhowell. Having paid our £2 t...

Today we enjoyed an afternoon stroll around Painswick Beacon. There were excellent views of Gloucester, May Hill and the Malverns from the trig point at the top, lots of small winding paths, mounds and dips ideal for little people to run up and down, and plenty of space to stay far apart from others, despite it being a busy Sunday afternoon. We parked at Painswick Beacon Car Park, which is best de...

Yesterday's after-lunch walk was at Soudley Ponds. We found a great new route that took us firstly to the viewpoint at Blaize Bailey, offering scenic views of the River Severn, and then returned us to the car park via all four of the ponds. Soudley Ponds is about a 25 minute drive from the cottage. It's a quiet little spot, and there's a free Forestry Commission car park that's never had more than...