Gloucestershire

Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt Arboretum

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire is the most northerly county of My West Country, and even then, I would only regard part of it as falling within the parameters of that description.

The county’s estimated population in 2017 was 907,200 and at the last census (2011) the largest towns were Gloucester (the county town and only city – 136,332), Cheltenham (116,447), Stroud (32,670), Tewkesbury (19,778), Cirencester (16,325) and Dursley (14,542).

South Gloucestershire (which is a unitary authority and borders the boundary with Bristol) had an estimated population in 2017 of 279,00 and is included in the county’s overall population.

The county’s main geographical features include the lower part of the Severn Valley, the Forest of Dean, and a large part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Cotswold villages attract a fair bit of attention, but there are very few other obvious major attractions. That said, there are any number of places that are more than worthy of just a passing interest.

Over time, I hope to show you where some of these places are.