Westonbirt Arboretum

Today Aaron and I took a walk around Westonbirt Arboretum, which is one of my favourite places to go for a nature walk, and that’s not just because it’s a short, 20 minute drive away. The Arboretum is a nature lovers dream with a wide range of trees and shrubbery, from most corners of the globe. I’ve been lucky enough to see the Giant Redwood (USA) and the Japanese maple.

Autumn is probably my favourite time of year to visit, when the leaves change colour and everything is a beautiful mixture of reds, oranges and pinks. But there is always something new to see with each season, from new bulbs in the Spring to workshops and concerts in the Summer. In fact I saw Boyzone perform there five years ago (2014)!

Along with the beautiful scenery Westonbirt Arboretum is also home to a vast array of Poke Stops! It’s true the site is a Pokemon Go players delight with gyms and Poke Stops dotted throughout. Fittingly most of the Pokemon that spawn there are nature related too.

Sudowoodoo blocking the path again!

One of the highlights at Westonbirt Arboretum is a walk on STIHL Treetop Walkway which offers stunning view across the arborteum. At its highest point the walkway is 13 metres high and is 300 metres long leading visitors from near the Welcome Building into the treetops of Silk Wood.

There is also a crow’s nest for those that want to get a little higher in the tress.

The main pathways at Westonbirt Arboretum are well maintained and can be walked with regular (close toed) footwear. I’ve also seen families and those on mobility scooters get around with ease.

It’s the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon with food kiosks, a restaurant and a few picnic areas dotted around. There are pmenty of food options to choose from, I’d recommend the food kiosk next to the gift shop which sells delicious Marshfield ice cream. Unfortunately not the dairy free versions though! ๐Ÿ™

The food is on the pricey side but the entrance fees are pretty reasonable, ยฃ10 peak and ยฃ7 off peak. If you’re in the Gloucestershire area (or one of the surrounding counties) I’d highly recommend a visit to Westonbirt Arboretum. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Where do you like to go for a nature walk? Let me know in the comments.

10 Comments

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    June 11, 2020 at 22:29

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  2. Helen C

    February 18, 2019 at 13:08

    Great post Kim, and your lovely photography shows off the location well. It sounds like an interesting spot to visit, and I like that they do different things seasonally. The workshops might be my kind of thing or even just for a pleasant walk and a visit to the cafรฉ. We live about five minutes from a wood, so we often go there, and it can be nice in the summer. You are lucky to live so close to somewhere like Westonbirt Arboretum, thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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  3. Sandra C / De Oude Huize Yatd

    February 1, 2019 at 18:37

    It is beautiful and the photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
    Greetings from South Africa

    1. Kim

      February 2, 2019 at 15:21

      Thank you for your kind comment. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. Lisa McLachlan

    January 31, 2019 at 21:59

    Would you believe that despite living only 40 minutes away I STILL haven’t visited Westonbirt. You never visit what’s local to you, why, I don’t know. I’m not a Pokemon fan, although Flora is, but those trees are giving me a serious case of envy! Gorgeous photos, Kim, thank you for sharing!

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  5. Bexa

    January 31, 2019 at 18:11

    Wow, this place looks beautiful and relaxing! The Treetop Walkway sounds like a great experience, I imagine the views are awesome! It sounds like a really pleasant and peaceful day out and a great way to get some exercise and fresh air too. Thanks for sharing Kim, love the Pokemon picture too! <3 xx

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  6. Jenny in Neverland

    January 31, 2019 at 17:30

    This looks like such a magical place! I want to go on more walks in nature – I think it’d be so beneficial for my mental health. Glad you have that place to go <3

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

  7. Kelly Diane

    January 30, 2019 at 19:21

    It still sounds such an amazing place and I’ve just read out your post to my other half so hopefully between the pair of us he might be convinced enough to take me

    1. Kim

      March 24, 2019 at 17:16

      It really is one of my favourite places to go for a nature walk. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do hope you convince Andy to take you.
      P.S. Sorry for the delay replying, your comment had had ended up in spam. ๐Ÿ™

  8. Britt K

    January 29, 2019 at 20:55

    This looks like an absolutely beautiful place to just escape for a relaxing ‘clear your head’ type walk. I would be going there all the time if it was close by!
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

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